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A Pioneer Day Speaker

In 1890s Utah and Idaho, a popular Pioneer Day speaker was Green Flake, a black member of Brigham Young’s 1847 vanguard company. His personal presence was as impressive as his historical contribution. “His voice might do for a trumpet,” wrote the Salt Lake Tribune at the 1897 Jubilee celebration, “and he steps off like a West Pointer when he walks.”

Jonathan A. Stapley and Amy Thiriot, “In My Father’s House Are Many Mansions: Green Flake’s Legacy of Faith,” history.lds.org