“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)

Legacy of the Black Pioneer

Legacy of the Black Pioneer Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
1. Legacy of the Black Pioneer Marker
Inscription. In 1824-26 the first black man came into Utah Territory. He was a trapper for the Rocky Mountain Fur Company. His name was James Beckworth. In succeeding years many black people would follow to contribute to the development of Utah, socially and economically.

In July of 1847, three black men, slaves, were selected to journey with Orson Pratt, Mormon apostle, into the Salt Lake Valley. They were: Green Flake, Oscar Crosby, and Hark Lay, each in turn provided by their owners James Flake, William Crosby, and William Lay, members of the pioneer groups of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Utah was a slave state and remained so until the Emancipation Proclaimation was effected.

Many black pioneers followed in pioneer groups. They assisted their owners as directed. When they were freed, the owners assisted them in acquiring lands of their own in the Cottonwood, and Fort Union areas. They cultivated the land, built homes and raised families and in every way contributed to the socio-economic growth of the Salt Lake area.

In this, the Millcreek area, land was secured by Sylvester James, Samuel Chambers and Sylvester Perkins. Each proved to be successful farmers who would market their produce to leaders of the community.

In 1888 Paul C. Howard and his family established their home in the
Marker located in park image. Click for full size.
By Dawn Bowen, June 18, 2007
2. Marker located in park
12th-14th Ward in Salt Lake City. He became the first black policeman in Salt Lake City.

Dan Bankhead Freeman was the first black child born in Utah.

The black pioneers of Utah have left a great and lasting contribution that is remembered and appreciated. Their descendants have excelled in the arts, athletics and education.

Descendants of these pioneers reside in the East Millcreek area at this time. They are respected and appreciated neighbors.
Erected 1987 by Sons of Utah Pioneers. (Marker Number 16.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Sons of Utah Pioneers marker series.
Location. 40° 41.793′ N, 111° 49.631′ W. Marker is in Salt Lake City, Utah, in Salt Lake County. Marker is on Evergreen Avenue (3425 South), on the right when traveling east. Click for map. It is in Evergreen Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2220 Evergreen Avenue, Salt Lake City UT 84109, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. St. Markís / Westminster School of Nursing (approx. 1.6 miles away); Calder's Park (approx. 2.5 miles away); The Old Sugar House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal (approx. 2.7 miles away); Kearns - St. Annís Orphanage (approx. 3.3 miles away); Unsung Heroes (approx. 3.8 miles away); The National Pony Express Monument (approx. 3.9 miles away); This is the Place Monument (approx. 3.9 miles away); The Crowds Cheered On . . . (approx. 3.9 miles away); Sesquicentennial Mormon Trail Wagontrain (approx. 3.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Salt Lake City.
Also see . . .  African American Community and Politics, 1890-1910. (Submitted on June 28, 2007, by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia.)
Categories. Notable Persons
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,556 times since then and 57 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Dawn Bowen of Fredericksburg, Virginia. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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