Salt Lake City in Salt Lake County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Legacy of the Black Pioneer
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
In 1888 Paul C. Howard and his family established their home in the 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.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Industry & Commerce • Settlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Sons of Utah Pioneers series list. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1847.
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. It is in Evergreen Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2220 Evergreen Avenue, Salt Lake City UT 84109, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. Pioneer Flour-Mill Site (approx. 0.6 miles away); Gardner's Saw Mill (approx. 1.1 miles away); Dudler's Inn (approx. 1˝ miles away); Dudler's Wine Cellar (approx. 1˝ miles away); Sandstone Wall & Aquaduct (approx. 1˝ miles away); St. Mark’s / Westminster School of Nursing (approx. 1.6 miles away); Calder's Park (approx. 2˝ miles away); The Old Sugar House (approx. 2.6 miles away); Jordan & Salt Lake City Canal (approx. 2.7 miles away); Kearns - St. Ann’s Orphanage (approx. 3.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Salt Lake City.
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