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Marshall 'Major' Taylor

Other Titles:Bicycle Racer, Inspirationalist
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- 1899 world sprint champion (bicycling);
- 1900 American champion;
- Held seven world records in 1898;
- Known as "The Worcester Whirlwind"

Major Taylor overcame Jim Crow racial prejudice on and off the bike to become the second black world champion athlete in any sport; he broke racial barriers in sport half a century before Jackie Robinson.

Major Taylor became wealthy and famous in the U.S., Europe and Australia, but he was nearly forgotten in his retirement and died in poverty and obscurity.

Major Taylor Poster Major Taylor is being honored posthumously by the Major Taylor Association, Inc., with a statue in Worcester, Mass., in recognition of his athletic accomplishments and strength of character.

For books and more information about Major Taylor, see

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