Hidden History: Remembering Josephine Dickey

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Josephine Dickey, or Grama Joe as she was well known, spent her childhood in Grand Junction.

Dickey became a teacher’s aid for School District 51, as well as serving on the Colorado Mesa University’s Cultural Advisory Committee, among many other organizations.

“She was just very active in the community, loved people, I don’t know how many organizations that she sat on the committees or boards of,” said Delores Chaney, Dickey’s Granddaughter.

Dickey was a pioneer in keeping the history of Handy Chapel, the building her great grand-father helped build in 1892, alive and thriving.

She planted seeds in black history and also in the hearts of her Grand Junction family.

“My four fathers, my mom, my grandmother, and all of my family members that have been here to hold on to what we’ve planted, our blood in particular, that’s what our family legacy is and what’s most important is that It’ll carry on,” said Chaney.

Josephine Dickey passed away at the age of 92.

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