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John Taylor & Black Identity in the Ute Borderlands
John Taylor was born in Kentucky in 1841 and was enslaved until escaping to freedom and enlisting in the 18th Infantry during the Civil War.
John Taylor was born in Kentucky in 1841 and was enslaved until escaping to freedom and enlisting in the 18th Infantry during the Civil War. After the Civil War, Taylor reenlisted as a buffalo soldier and was sent west. Taylor settled in southwestern Colorado where he claimed to be “the first white man in the Pine River Valley.” Married several times, Taylor eventually married wife Kitty Cloud (Ute) and had four children. Taylor passed away in 1934 at the age of ninety-four.
Louis Gregory McAllister is a professor of Ethnic Studies at Northern Arizona University.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required.