Bronzeville Trail Task Force launches petition to award Congressional Gold Medal to Black cyclist ‘Major’ Taylor

Karen Donovan, great-granddaughter of Marshall ‘Major’ Taylor, speaks about his legacy during an announcement Tuesday seeking congressional recognition of Marshall “Major” Taylor at the Wabash YMCA at 3763 S. Wabash Ave. in Bronzeville.

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Although Marshall Walter Taylor was known as “Major” Taylor, his sports achievements haven’t gotten broad recognition, some local leaders say.

A group of supporters and cyclists want to change that with a three-pillar plan to bring awareness to Taylor’s accomplishments in cycling. 

Taylor was the world cycling champion in 1899 and won American sprint champion in 1900, according to the Major Taylor Association. He was called the fastest bike rider in the world from 1898 to 1904, according to the The Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago.

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Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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