The Phoenix newspaper obituary
The Phoenix Tribune newspaper has been forced to issue an obit for the last four decades, following the city’s last-ever black mayor.
The Phoenix newspaper’s obit says the Phoenix is “an enduring part of Arizona, an American icon.”
Its latest edition, issued on Friday, also includes a tribute to Arizona’s “Golden Age of Journalism” in the 20th century.
The article, written by local historian James Hickey, says the city was founded in 1871 and the first newspaper to publish a weekly, with an editorial staff of four people.
Hickey’s obits often have been controversial in Arizona, where many consider them racist, and the state’s highest court has blocked some of them.
Hickory’s obituuary is titled, “The City That Never Dies: The Phoenix.”
It reads: “The Phoenix Tribune was the first Phoenix newspaper, in its heyday in 1890, to publish an editorial.”
Its obit also says the newspaper was named for Phoenix’s “distant location from the nearest major city, a mere 5,000 miles away, which allowed Phoenix to escape the political turmoil and political turmoil of the West.”
Hickey said the newspaper’s founder was a black man named James F. Hood.
Hood, the newspaper says, “taught the newspaper to be bold and bold-hearted.”
Hood’s obiter says Hood helped create the newspaper and its editorial staff.
The paper is still open today.
The city has been struggling financially since Phoenix’s last black mayor in 2012.
It has struggled with budget cuts, falling crime and a record number of homeless people.
Phoenix is one of four cities in Arizona to be served by the newspaper, but no one has served as mayor.
In its obit, the Phoenix Tribune said Hood was an inspiration for the city, as well as the city of Phoenix.
“His legacy lives on in our community, and that is a legacy worth defending,” the paper said.
Hicks family had no comment on the obit.