MCB Celebrates Black History Month: George McJunkin & the Folsom Site Discovery

  • Date(s): February 01, 2023 - February 28, 2023
George McJunkin, avocational archaeologist

Beginning Feb. 1, 2023

One of American archaeology’s most significant discoveries was made by a black cowboy named George McJunkin. An avocational archaeologist, his discovery of the Folsom site in 1908 broadened the archaeological record of human habitation of North America back to the late ice age. The distinctive fluted spear points found there forever changed the story of Native American occupation in the New World. Join us as we celebrate Black History Month by introducing the inspiring story of George McJunkin into the 13,000 Years component of the permanent exhibits at MCB.

VC students and employees who visit the exhibit through Feb. 28 can register to win a plush bison.

Photo: George McJunkin circa 1907, courtesy of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.