A Look Back: Early black pioneers and settlers in Utah
Published: February 23, 2014 10:07PM
Updated: April 18, 2014 10:49AM
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Cecil LaVelle Banks was born in1900 in Wellsville, Cache Co., Utah. He is the son of Isaac F. and Sina B. Bankhead Valentine Banks. Cecil died about 1920 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Each Friday, The Salt Lake Tribune presents historic images in a special series called A Look Back. To celebrate Black History month, this week’s installment features photos of Utah’s early black pioneers and settlers. Among Utah’s early black residents were farmers, business owners, soldiers and the first African American police detective in the United States.

Every gallery of the series is available at www.sltrib.com/topics/lookback. Here is a sampling:

Women’s fashion from 1949-50

Key moments in Utah Jazz history

Historical images of Sugar House

Past Sundance Film Festival parties

Utah firefighters at the turn of the 19th century

Historic bars and saloons in Utah

Early settlers in Idaho

The 1988 Yellowstone fire

Early Utah mansions and homesteads

Pony Express, postal service and telegraph in Utah

The mining ghost town of Mercur

Construction of the Salt Lake Tabernacle

Historic buildings in Utah

30 years of iconic rock and roll in Utah

Hunting and fishing in the early 1900s

BYU, Utah football programs

Saloons, brewing companies in Utah around 1900

Historic photos of Temple Square