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By the 1890’s, Salt Lake City’s small Black population had gained sufficient numbers to encourage the formation and support of independent institutions that provided African-Americans with the opportunity to give greater meaning to their lives. In addressing their spiritual needs, a group of Blacks who identified themselves as the Baptist Prayer Band, met and held worship services in their homes. In June of 1896, Rev A. E. Reynolds announced in the “Broad Ax” ( a Black newspaper) that a