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Tuesday, 26 February 2013
BLACK SOCIAL HISTORY : SLAVERY AND SLAVE TRADE IN UTAH :
Although slavery and slave trade was not widespread, some Utah pioneers held African American slaves untill 1862 when Congress abolished slavery in the territories. Those slaves came west with the fist pioneer company in 1847 and the census of 1850 reported 26 Negro Slaves in Utah and the 1860 census 29. Slavery was legal in Utah as a result of the Compromise of 1850 which brought California into the Union as a free state, while allowing Utah and New Mexico territories the option of deciding the issue by " Popular Sovereignty." Some Mormon pioneers from the south had brought African American slaves with them when they migrated west. Some freed their slaves in Utah, others went on to California and had to Emancipated them there.