History of Major Taylor

Marshall "Major" Taylor

The Major Taylor Project is named after American cyclist Marshall “Major” Taylor (1878-1932).

In 1899 Major Taylor won the one-mile sprint championship, making him the first African-American to win an international sports title. Major Taylor’s professional racing career spanned 13 years, and he remained committed to his passion in the face of adversity.

Major Taylor continues to be a source of inspiration to youth, communities and athletes around the world.

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Marshall "Major" Taylor