Communication artifacts; Documentary artifact
Major Taylor
Unknown Place Made
African American; Crossroads of America; Sports; Women
overall: 7 1/4 in x 11 in

This letter from Major Taylor to his wife is on the ship's stationery. Major Taylor is writing from the Hamburg-Amerika Linie. He inquires about Sydney and writes about his anxiety at a comeback attempt. In addition, he requests letters be addressed to "Major" Taylor rather than Marshall "as I am not known here as Marshall." Indiana, Marion County, Indianapolis. Marshall “Major” Taylor (November 26, 1878 - June 21, 1932) was born in Indianapolis. In 1896, he became a professional cyclist and in August 1899, he became the World Champion, capturing the One Mile Championship in Montreal. Daisy Victoria Morris became his wife in 1902 and their daughter, Rita Sydney, was born May 11, 1904. He raced in the United States, Europe and Australia. Taylor retired in 1910 after years of hardship and triumph. He published his autobiography, "The Fastest Bicycle Rider in the World,” in 1928.

The Major Taylor donation is very significant to the story of Indiana and national African American history. It is the museum's most complete collection of African American related material and is used by researchers all over the country.

Donated by Sydney Taylor Brown

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