Mignon Richmond was an activist and community leader who left her mark on Salt Lake City, yet her name is fading from the minds of Salt Lake’s current residents. Utah State history has dedicated space to tell her legacy through photographs, artifacts, and even her voice. A previous exhibit was available for view at the Rio Grande Depot.
To hear the entire oral history, visit the State History Research Center.
The Mignon B. Richmond interview is located under Call Number MSS A 4051.
Check out some additional resources that tell more about the service Richmond offered her community and the people she was in contact with!
One of the many significant friendships that Richmond invested her time and energy into was with Wallace H. Thurman. Who was Wallace Thurman, and what was his role in Utah and across the United States?
Take a look at Wilfred D Samuels and David A Hales’ “Wallace Henry Thurman: A Utah Contributor to Harlem Renaissance” article from the 2013 Utah Historical Quarterly.
As Richmond dedicated her life to serving the community through various organizations, she left a legacy of action and set an example for everyone to follow.
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Richmond was involved in the founding of the Nettie Gregory Center in 1964, a gathering place for minority youth groups to get involved in recreational activities.
To visit the Salt Lake City park dedicated to Mignon Richmond check out this map. You can also join us in documenting your experience at Richmond Park by posting a picture on Instagram at #RememberingMignon.