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John G. Turner

Latter-day Saint and Utah pioneer, was born to former slaves in Wilton, Connecticut. Beginning as a young girl, she worked for a wealthy white family. “[W]hen about fourteen years old I joined the Presbyterian [Congregationalist] Church,” she wrote many decades later. “Yet I did not feel satisfied it seemed to me there was something more that I was looking for” (Newell, p. 263).

Around 1842 still living in Connecticut Manning was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints commonly known as Mormonism Several weeks later she experienced the gift of speaking in tongues a practice common in Mormonism during the early years Obedient to the church s principle of gathering she left her home to travel with her family and a group of Latter day Saints to Nauvoo Illinois Upon reaching Buffalo New York the black members of the church were refused further ...


Margaret Blair Young

the last active Mormon descendant of black members of the famous Mormon migration. Bankhead's father, Sylvester Perkins, was uneducated, the descendant of slaves who came to Utah with white Mormon Reuben Perkins. According to Bankhead's oral history, she and her siblings Frank and Huron would “devil [Sylvester] out of bed to get him to read.”

Her mother, Martha Stevens, was the granddaughter of Green Flake, an enslaved Mormon (Latter-day Saints) pioneer who purportedly drove Brigham Young's wagon when the Latter-day Saints entered Utah.

Bankhead described her upbringing thus:

I was born on homestead land given to a Mrs Jones by President Ulysses S Grant She later sold it to my father It s been in our family for over one hundred years My father bred horses and we always had a garden and an orchard and all kinds of fruit But black currants and peaches were our main fruits And ...