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Used by permission, Utah State Historical Society, all rights reserved [C-239 #15, Blacks in Utah]

Green Flake

Green Flake was born a slave in North Carolina ca. 1828, and migrated to Mississippi in 1841 with his owners. When they became Mormons, Flake was baptized too. He traveled with Brigham Young when the leader of the Mormon Church established 'Zion' in the Salt Lake Valley, Utah, in 1847. Two other slaves were also part of this first group and with Flake and a small group of white men became the advance company in charge of finding the best route for the pioneers. Flake was freed in the early 1850s and established himself as a farmer and herder in Union Fort. He and his wife Martha, who had also been a slave, were active members of the Mormon Church. After Martha's death in 1885, Flake lived in Idaho with his son. He died in 1903.

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