Julius F. Taylor and the Broad Ax of Salt Lake City
Utah Historical Quarterly
Salt Lake City, UT
Utah Historical Society
Michael Sweeney recounts the story of the Broad Ax, a Utah newspaper published from 1895 to 1899, and its founder and only journalist, Julius F. Taylor, who was a Black man. The paper was mostly filled with political commentary, and Taylor supported the Democratic Party in Utah, and William Jennings Bryant as presidential candidate. He also supported more political activity on a state level for Blacks. He expressed admiration for President Wilford Woodruff, and the Mormon bishops who welcomed him into their homes, although he thought there should be far more separation between the LDS Church and the state of Utah. In 1899 Julius Taylor and his wife moved to Chicago,where he continued to publish the Broad Ax in that city for thirty years.