Marshall Taylor

Major Taylor

“Marshall Walter “Major” Taylor (26 November 1878 – 21 June 1932) was an American cyclist who won the world 1 mile (1.6 km) track cycling championship in 1899 after setting numerous world records and overcoming racial discrimination. Taylor was the first African-American athlete to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship—after Canadian boxer George Dixon.” from Wikipedia.

About 15 years ago I took part in an art show and did a bunch of paintings based on this man’s life. At some point I lost all of them. At that point in time I didn’t see much done with art about him. Now I see more and more wonderful work dedicated to him. Is there a documentary yet?

A few years later a friend told me that they saw these artworks that I lost in a bicycle shop in West Berkeley. I remember going down to the shop and I asked them where they got the paintings from and they said that they were donated to them. At first I was going to try to take the paintings but then I looked at the shop and said this is the perfect place for them. I don’t even think I told the shop workers who I was. I said goodbye to the paintings and rode my bicycle off into the sunset.


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