Marshall Taylor, World Champion Cyclist

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Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor (1878-1932) 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 cyclist to achieve the level of world champion and only the second black man to win a world championship in any sport, after Canadian boxer George Dixon. Photographed by George H. Van Norman.