Clara Brown was a former slave who became a community leader and aided settlement of former slaves during the time of Colorado’s Gold Rush. Known as ‘Aunt Clara’ for her emotional and financial support, Brown was a founding member of a Sunday school and generously made her home available for community support. At the end of the Civil War, Brown liquidated her investments and paid the way for 16 or more relative and others who were former slaves to move to Colorado. In the last year of her life, Clara Brown was voted into the Society of Colorado Pioneers for her role in Colorado’s early history.

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