Major Taylor Memorial Visit

Mount Glenwood Memory Gardens

Honoring 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.

— Excerpted from WikiPedia

Long before Greg LeMond and Lance Armstrong there was Major Taylor.

It is difficult to imagine how is must have felt to possess talent but not be allowed to demonstrate it in front of your own countrymen. But that was the result of the legacy of American Slavery and the Jim Crow laws that propped up segregation in these United States. It is made all the more poignant for me when I watch the way in which some Americans treat our first African-American President with open contempt and disrespect. I wonder if they understand the damage they do when acting in this fashion?

A group of riders were doing a ride along the trail named in his honor that runs through the South Side of Chicago today. Since we did not make the ride we decided to visit his gravesite anyway. It is located in the small town of Glenwood, IL.

In addition to the actual site of his remains there is a memorial near the front entrance to the cemetery where war veterans are buried. Connie made the images of this site as well.