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Carolina Gonzalez: Colorado Renaissance Pioneer

Posted at 12:17 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 14:17:41-04

This is one of a series of stories about the ten women being inducted into the Colorado Women's Hall of Fame. Click here to learn more about this year's honorees and the women being inducted.

Carolina Acuña Díaz González was a Colorado Renaissance Pioneer, renowned for her welcoming home, her active support for the arts and culture, and her uniquely authentic restaurant, Casa Mayan, a “Mutalista” or refuge for 40 years for immigrants in Colorado. Carolina was an essential element in building and supporting the Denver community and ensuring that everyone felt a part of that community. She opened her doors to people of all nationalities and walks of life.

González provided accommodations and a safe haven during the Depression for countless youths, "riding the rails" to Colorado. In the 1950s, she opened "Carolina's Casa" to anyone of any race fleeing persecution during the McCarthy era. She never turned anyone away, demonstrating the importance of community for all citizens, and the significant aspects of Mexican hospitality and generosity: "Mi Casa es Su Casa." Her former residence is now part of the National Register of Historic Places and a Denver landmark.