Happy Colorado Day! Everything finally came together on August 1, 1876 to make Colorado "The Centennial State," but there were bumps in the road. Colorado State Historian William Convery visited First Take with the story.
"Abraham Lincoln invited us to become a state in 1864, but different statehood efforts failed over time," said Convery. "We had the Sand Creek Massacre, and Congress and the President felt we weren't quite ready to become a state. In 1865 African-Americans in Colorado objected to statehood because our state constitution disenfranchised black people. "