Just One Question: Did Green Flake Drive Brigham Young into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847?

  • February 23, 2015
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Green Flake headstone at Union Fort pioneer cemetery

Union Fort pioneer cemetery (800x452)

DUP marker at Union Fort pioneer cemetery

It’s black history month, which got Lara Jones thinking about black pioneers and their stories. One story has Green Flake, a slave from North Carolina, driving the wagon of Brigham Young into the Salt Lake Valley in 1847. Dr. Ronald Coleman, a history professor at the University of Utah, met me at the Union Fort Cemetery where Flake and his wife Martha are buried for this edition of just one question. So, doc, was Green Flake there when Brigham Young entered the Salt Lake Valley and declared This is the Right Place?

 

Just One Question, Coleman on Green Flake

 

Links to Dr. Coleman's writings:

BLACKS IN UTAH HISTORY: AN UNKNOWN LEGACY
Peoples of Utah
Ronald G. Coleman

IS THERE NO BLESSING FOR ME? JANE ELIZABETH MANNING JAMES, A MORMON AFRICAN-AMERICAN WOMAN
African American Women Confront the West, 1600-2000
Ronald G. Coleman (see Chapter 8)

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