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Joseph Taylor


Taylor, Joseph

Taylor, Joseph. b. July 1907, Griffin, Georgia, African American, Single, Machinist, YCL 1934, received passport# 429934 on June 1, 1937 which listed his address as 82 East 10th Street, NYC, 29 yrs. old, Sailed June 5, 1937 aboard the Lancastria, Arrived in Spain on June 24, 1937, Served with the XV BDE, Brigade Scouts, Lincoln-Washington BN, Co. 3, Section Leader, rank Cabo, Served at Belchite, Fuentes de Ebro, and Ebro Offensive. Returned to the US on December 20, 1938 aboard the Ausonia, WWII Armed forces.  

Sources: Sail, SACB, RA.

Photograph: Joseph Taylor, Brigade scout, December 1937. The 15th International Brigade Photographic Unit Photograph Collection; ALBA Photo 11; ALBA Photo number 11-0659. Tamiment Library/Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives. Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, New York University Libraries.



Joseph Taylor was born in Griffin, Georgia on July 1, 1907. The family later moved to New York where Taylor worked as a machinist. He joined the YCL in 1934 and the Communist Party in November 1935. Taylor departed for Spain, aboard the Lancastria, on June 5, 1937. After training, Taylor was assigned to the Brigade Scouts. Wounded during the battle of Belchite he was hospitalized at Benicasim. After he recovered, Taylor was sent to the Lincoln-Washington Battalion where he rose to the rank of sergeant. Wounded once again during the Ebro Offensive, Taylor spent the rest of the war in hospitals. He returned to the United States, aboard the Ausonia, on December 20, 1938. During World War II, Taylor served in the U.S. Army, assigned to a Medical Sanitary Company in North Carolina. He later resettled in New York, where he lived until his death. ~ Chris Brooks





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Joe Taylor (left) and Bert Jackson (right), March 1938 (ALBA Collection).

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