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Clara Brown was one of Denver's first early black pioneers. Born in 1800, Clara Brown was born a slave in Virginia. During her childhood, Clara Brown was sold several times eventually ending up in Kentucky. At the age of 18, Clara Brown married her husband Richard, also a slave. Clara Brown and her husband had four children. Three girls named Margaret, Paulina Ann and Eliza Jane and one son named Richard.
At the age of 35, Clara Brown's owner died and her entire family was split up and sold off one by one at auction. Clara Brown was purchased by one George Brown and worked as a house slave until Brown died when Clara was in her 50's. Clara Brown was then given her freedom by George Brown's daughter. Clara Brown had heard rumors that her daughter, Eliza Jane, had moved west after she had been sold years earlier. Clara Brown decided to search for the family that she had lost years before. Blacks were prohibited from use of the stagecoaches, so, Clara Brown worked as a cook for a group of prospectors travelling west and walked most of the 700 miles to Denver.
Not finding her daughter in Denver, Clara Brown moved further on to Central City. where she opened a laundry business for gold rush miners. Clara Brown collected whatever gold dust came out of the miners pockets and saved and made more money by cooking and cleaning. By the end of the Civil War, Clara Brown had saved over $10,000. Being a keen businesswoman, Clara Brown went on to invest in mining claims and real estate. During this period of time, Clara Brown also helped injured miners, acted as a midwife and helped former slaves find work, thus earning her the name Aunt Clara Brown.
Clara Brown continued to search for her lost family in the coming years, traveling to Kentucky and Tennessee in her quest. Although she didn't find her children, she did find extended family members and paid for them to come to Colorado. In 1879, Clara Brown, acting on behalf of then Colorado Governor Pitkin, assisting black families in the "Black Exodus" from slavery. She helped them move to Colorado and get jobs in various mining camps. Clara Brown financedmany of these families with her own money.
In 1882, Clara Brown heard rumors of a black woman named Eliza Jane living in Council Bluffs, Iowa. Clara Brown immediately traveled to Iowa to see if this woman was indeed her Eliza. Miraculously, it was, and Eliza returned to Colorado with her mother and lived with Clara Brown until her death in 1885. The story of Clara Brown and her daughter's reunion made newspapers throughout the west.
In 1885, Clara Brown died in her sleep 3 short years after finding her daughter Eliza. The funeral for Clara Brown was large. Both Denver's Mayor and Colorado's Governor attended her funeral which was paid for by the Colorado Pioneer Association who made Clara Brown their first Black member.
In 1930, a chair in the Central City Opera House was installed in Clara Brown's honor.
In 1977, a stained glass portrait of Clara Brown was installed in the state capitol.
A plaque commemorating the life of Clara Brown hangs at St. James Methodist Church in Central City, stating that Clara's home had served as the first church in Central City.
In 2003, an opera about Clara Brown's life, called Gabriel's Daughter, debuted in Central City, Colorado.
Clara Brown went from a slave to being one of Colorado's most successful, well known and beloved Pioneers. Her inspiring kindness and perseverance is something that many could learn from.
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