Salt Lake City, Utah – A new work of art honoring Black pioneers was unveiled at “This is the Place” Heritage Park in Salt Lake City.
The new monument called Pioneers of 1847 represents the contributions made by Black pioneers to the migration and settlement of Utah. Those featured in the monument include Green Flake, Hark Wales, Oscar Smith, and Jane Manning and her children.
Among the large crowd that showed up to commemorate the long-awaited moment were Gov. Spencer Cox, along with members of the NAACP.
“For people to come together and be excited about our history. Our joint history. Is exciting it’s unifying,” said actor and musician Yahosh Bonner, who played Flake in the film “His Name is Green Flake.”
Just two days before the dedication, the bronze cast sculptures arrived.
“To be able to see statues of people who represent me, who come from where my ancestors came from, I think is so special,” added Bonner. “Because it gives me a place, and it makes me feel more included and a part.”
According to Bonner and many others, the monument serves as an education, reflective and healing space for centuries to come.