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November 26, 1878 – June 21, 1932

Greatest sprinter of all time

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Marshall “Major” Taylor (b.1878- d.1932) was a world-class, African American bicycle racer once known as the “World’s Fastest Man.” As an athlete, Taylor had a gunpowder sprint, fast and powerful, that transformed races within sight of the finish line and delighted audiences on three continents at a time when bicycling racing ranked as one of the world’s most popular sports.

Indianapolis native Marshall “Major” Taylor is an inspiration and model for today, not only for his athletic achievements in the face of unrelenting racism, but also because of his integrity, generosity of spirit, concern for others, and invaluable contribution to America’s non-violent struggle for equality. If you are interested in learning more about the life of Major Taylor, please refer to our Resources section at the bottom of this page.

"In a word I was a pioneer, and therefore had to blaze my own trail."

- Marshall "Major" Taylor

About the Major Taylor Mural

The Major Taylor mural, produced by Shawn Michael Warren, is the first of the Bicentennial Legends portrait murals, a project of the Arts Council of Indianapolis in partnership with the Major Taylor Coalition, an informal group of Central Indiana residents who are passionate about seeing Taylor honored in his hometown of Indianapolis. 

Learn more about Major Taylor

Below is a compilation of books, articles, and resources that celebrate the life and achievements of Marshall "Major" Taylor. 

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