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Indianapolis in Marion County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Marshall “Major” Taylor

 
 
Marshall "Major" Taylor Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 8, 2015
1. Marshall "Major" Taylor Marker (side 1)
Inscription.
(side 1)
Born in Indianapolis, 1878, Taylor moved to Massachusetts, 1895, to pursue cycling career. In 1896, he set one-mile record at Capital City Track located here. He won his first professional race December 1896 and quickly established himself as a world-class cyclist. During his career, he set world records in distances from one-quarter mile through two miles.
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In 1899, Taylor won world one-mile professional cycling championship. He won U.S. circuit championships in 1899 and 1900 despite discrimination he confronted as cycling's first African-American champion. In early 1900s, he won races and acclaim in Europe and Australia. After retiring in 1910, he wrote his autobiography to inspire others. He died in 1932.
 
Erected 2009 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Central Indiana Bicycling Association Foundation, and Indiana State Fair Commission. (Marker Number 49.2009.3.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers marker series.
 
Location. Marker has been reported damaged. 39° 49.505′ N, 86° 8.383′ 
Marshall "Major" Taylor Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 8, 2015
2. Marshall "Major" Taylor Marker (side 2)
W. Marker is in Indianapolis, Indiana, in Marion County. Marker is at the intersection of East 38th Street and Watson Road, on the right when traveling east on East 38th Street. Touch for map. Located alongside the Monon trail. Marker is in this post office area: Indianapolis IN 46205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. North Meridian Street Historic District (approx. 0.9 miles away); Home of Charles Warren Fairbanks (approx. 1.4 miles away); Joseph W. Summers Memorial Bridge (approx. 1.8 miles away); Crown Hill (approx. 1.8 miles away); Richard Jordan Gatling (approx. 1.8 miles away); Confederate Mound (approx. 1.9 miles away); Hinkle Fieldhouse (approx. 1.9 miles away); Benjamin Harrison (approx. 1.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Indianapolis.
 
Additional comments.
1. Marker Damaged
From a June 6, 2017 Facebook post from the Indiana Historical Bureau:

"Over the weekend, a Monon Trail cyclist reported to us that this historical marker on the trail near the State Fairgrounds was down. We recovered it and the damage is a lot worse than what is evident in this photo. Consequently, this marker will have to be recycled and a new one manufactured."
    — Submitted
Marshall "Major" Taylor Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 8, 2015
3. Marshall "Major" Taylor Marker (side 1)
June 19, 2017, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.

 
Categories. African AmericansSports
 
Marshall "Major" Taylor Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By Bernard Fisher, March 8, 2015
4. Marshall "Major" Taylor Marker (side 2)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on March 13, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia. This page has been viewed 301 times since then and 62 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 13, 2015, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.
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