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Introduction

Online Resources

Research Strategy

History

Time line of African Americans in Utah

1847: Green Flake, Oscar Crosby and Hark Lay are part of the 1847 Pioneer Companies

1850: Census reports 50 African Americans and 24 listed as free 26 listed slaves.

1852: Utah Territorial legislature passes a law recognizing legality of owning slaves

1862: Congress passes legislation abolishing slavery in the territories.

1865: 13th Amendment

1869: Two Black military units the 9th Cavalry and the 24th infantry patrol in Utah

1890's: Black newspapers published in Utah: The Democratic Headlight, Tri-City Oracle, Broad Ax and Utah Plain Dealer

1890-1940 The railroads are the largest employer of blacks in Utah.

1890 - First Black Church in Utah Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church in Salt Lake City Utah

1892 - Black Church Calvary Missionary Baptist is established in Salt Lake City Utah

1898: anti-miscegenation law; prohibit issuance of marriage license to mixed-race couples.

1899: the 24th infantry stationed at Fort Douglas

1902: Harlem Renaissance writer Wallace Thurman is born in Salt Lake City and lives in Utah until age 20. his novels: The Blacker the Berry, Infants in the Spring, and The Interne.

1916 - Ogden's first black church was Wall Avenue Baptist Church was established

1921- Mignon Richmond is 1st black to graduate from college in Utah.

1925 - D. H. Oliver becomes Utah's first black attorney.

1942 - Ralph Price breached the color barrier to become the first twentieth century black to purchase a home and settle in Davis County; Layton City with his wife Ruby J. Price

1945: World War II brings many blacks to Hill Air Force Base in Ogden (Weber county) and Dougway Proving Ground in Tooele County

1950 - Ruby J. Price becomes the first black schoolteacher in Utah- at the Inter-mountain Indian School, Brigham City.

1960 - Ruby J. Price of Layton is the first black educator hired in Davis County

1963: The Legislature rescinds anti-miscegenation law of 1898

1964: President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination in voting, education, employment and public facilities.

1967: Dr. Charles James Nabors becomes the first black faculty member at the University of Utah Medical School

1968 Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. is killed in Memphis, Tennessee

1976 Rev. Robert Harris is elected Utah's first black state legislator

1977 Ruby J. Price of Layton Utah was selected Utah Mother of the Year, she was the first black woman to be selected as Utah mother of the Year

1984 Tyron Medley, Utah's first black judge 3rd Circuit Court appointed by Gov. Scott Matheson

Carter, Katre B. The Story of the Negro Pioneer. 84 p. . Daughters of Utah Pioneers C. 1965. (Green Flake, Hark Lay, Oscar Crosby, Jane Manning James, Faithful John. Elijah Abel,Toby, Uncle Phil, Liz Flake Roan, Bankhead Families, Perkins Family,Crosby Family,Grice Family, Hannah Smith, Knelt and Henderson, Thomas Bedford Graham, Hooper, Williams and Johnson, Camp and Greer, Judge Drummond's Negro,  Dennis family, Gobo Fango, Leggroan Family, Samuel Chambers, Dan Brockman, William Granstaff, Len Hope,George Keller,David H. Oliver, and Chaplain Allensworth)FHL Book 979.2 F2ck Digital Version WorldCat

  • Coleman, Ronald Gerald. A History of Blacks in Utah, 1825–1910. 1980. Reprint, Ann Arbor, Michigan: University Microfilms International, 1990. (Family History Library book 979.2 F2c.) This addresses differing occupations, from trappers to African-American soldiers. In the appendix, a census summary is found and a study on occupations.WorldCat
  • Carter, Kate B. The Story of the Negro Pioneer. Daughters of Utah Pioneers. c 1965. FHL book 979.2 F2ck  WorldCat  Digital version
  • Carter, Kate B.The Story of the Negro Pioneer. C. 1965. Daughters of Utah Pioneers, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Davis, Lenwood G. Blacks in the State of Utah: A Working Bibliography Lenwood G. Davis; Mary Vance, editor. - Monticello, Ill.: Council of Planning Librarians, 1974.

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Archives and Libraries

African American in Utah at Archives Digital Collection - Genealogy related information for various States and Provinces is available from a variety of servers which may be official government services, genealogy society efforts, or maintained by interested individuals. A digital archive of materials related to African American in the Utah.

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