This statue of William Seymour is situated on Tejon Street, near the Pioneers Museum. I've noticed it before, but never knew who Mr. Seymour was until yesterday, when I finally stopped to check it out and read the plaque. It turns out that he was a native of Kentucky, born a slave, and moved his family in the 1890s to what is now known as Black Forest, northeast of the city. They were successful at their dairy farming operation, and upon Mr. Seymour's retirement they moved into town, where he was an upstanding member of the community. Mr. Seymour was the first African American to serve on a jury in Colorado Springs. His likeness now stands in front of the building where the trial surely took place, as the Pioneers Museum was our city's courthouse until the 1970s. I love that he has been immortalized in this spot!
Notice his hat sitting on the bench. Clever!