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What's in the Basement? Reminders of Civil Rights Pioneers

Posted at 4:59 PM, Jul 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-16 18:59:42-04

SALT LAKE CITY — Pieces of Utah's past are stored in the basement of the Rio Grande Train Station in Salt Lake City. That’s where the Utah Divisions of History and Art store most of the 1.8 million items they’ve been collecting for decades.

Among them, books inscribed by a famous author and Civil Rights leader to a Salt Lake City woman who lead a remarkable life.

Mignon Barker Richmond, born in 1897, was the first African American woman to earn a bachelors degree at a college in Utah. It was the first of many accomplishments for Richmond.

In an effort to share the stories behind some of the items stored in the basement of the Rio Grande, FOX 13 teamed up with the Utah Divisions of History and Art. Both organizations hope to share more of their collections with the public in a museum setting at some point in the future.

Watch FOX 13’s Good Day Utah in the 8 a.m. hour each day for the next item or visit as new installments will be posted each day until July 24th.

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