Entered the Salt Lake Valley with Hark Lay
Hark Lay (one of three African American men) was an African American slave that entered the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 with one of the first group of Saints, however, he didn’t stay in Utah, why?
a. He missed slavery and returned to Mississippi
b. Utah was a slave state
c. He was lured by the gold of California
d. His previous owner tracked him down and he ran
A. For her husband to gain his testimony
From the life of Sarah Cousins Brown: Sarah was born in England, 1819. At age nineteen, she married Johnathan Brown. After their marriage they moved to Newbury, Berkshire, England, where seven of their ten children were born.
Here, Sarah heard the Mormon missionaries teaching the gospel and attended their meetings She said she was much impressed and knew from the first that the message of the Elders was true. She had been attending the meetings for some time before her husband became aware of it and when he learned of it be became so enraged that Sarah had to hide away from home for some time. When she finally returned home she told Jonathan that she knew the gospel was true and could not deny it but that she would wait for baptism until he could be baptized with her. Jonathan started to study Mormonism and soon was ready to be baptized. Sarah and Jonathan were baptized, 19 Jan, 1852.
Pioneer Women of Faith and Fortitude, Daughters of Utah Pioneers: (International Society Daughters of Utah Pioneers: 1998), 1:395.