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1824-26 -- Black mountain man James P. Beckwourth travels through Utah.
1847 -- Green Flake drives Brigham Young's wagon into the Salt Lake Valley. Two other black pioneers are part of the initial Mormon migration.
1850 -- Census reports 50 blacks in Utah -- 24 free, 26 slaves.
1852 -- Territorial Legislature recognizes legality of owning slaves.
1869 -- Two black military units, dubbed "Buffalo Soldiers," patrol Utah.
1890 -- Trinity African Methodist Episcopal Church opens in Salt Lake City.
1890s -- Several black newspapers such as the Broad Ax and Utah Plain Dealer are launched.
1919 -- NAACP opens a Salt Lake City branch.
1921-- Mignon Richmond is the first black to graduate from college in Utah.
1925 -- Mob lynches black prisoner in Price.
1939 -- A petition circulates calling for restricting blacks to one section of Salt Lake City. The petition eventually is declared unconstitutional.
1945 -- World War II brings many blacks to Utah bases.
Late 1940s -- Ella Fitzgerald is refused by whites-only hotels in Salt Lake City.
1950 -- Ruby Price becomes the first black schoolteacher in Utah.
1963 -- The Legislature rescinds law prohibiting mixed-race marriage.
1969 -- Grover Thompson is elected the University of Utah's first student-body president.
1976 -- The Rev. Robert Harris is elected Utah's first black legislator.
1978 -- LDS President Spencer W. Kimball announces that blacks can hold the priesthood.
1984 -- Tyrone Medley is named Utah's first black judge.
1986 -- Legislation declares the third Monday of January as Human Rights Day. It later is named Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
1993 -- 600 South in Salt Lake City is renamed Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
1996 -- Grace Sawyer Jones becomes the state's first black college president, taking the reins at the College of Eastern Utah.
2001 -- South Ogden's George Garwood us elected Utah's first black mayor.
Source: Tribune archives