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Courtesy of the Church Archives, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Copyprint provided by the Utah State Historical Society.

Amanda and Samuel D. Chambers

The West greatly appealed to many settlers for an array of reasons. Most chose destinations where they had friends or family, while others desired small black communities with reputations for racial harmony. Amanda and Samuel Chambers were born into slavery in Alabama. In 1844, at the age of thirteen, Samuel converted to Mormonism. After the Civil War, he sharecropped in Mississippi until he could afford to migrate with his family to Utah. They moved in 1870 and became highly regarded members of the Salt Lake City Mormon community.

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