Sit in your discomfort for a minute.
It is absolutely invaluable to learn historic perspectives with which we may not be familiar.
Much like real, everyday life for us currently, the real, everyday life of our ancestors was much more complicated than the carefully constructed historical narratives that are often created and passed on verbally or in writing.
In 1848, Betsy Brown Fluellen made the pioneer trek to Utah as an enslaved eleven-year-old child, separated from any family that she may have known.
Born into slavery in Virginia around 1837, she passed away in Provo, Utah, over sixty years later while institutionalized at the state hospital. Her life offers opportunity to reflect on the Latter-day Saint pioneer narrative and consider what such a trek might have been like from the vantage point of an enslaved eleven-year-old girl.
She too was a Latter-day Saint pioneer.
Meet Betsy here: https://exhibits.lib.utah.edu/s/cent…/…/fluellen-betsy-brown