A weary landmark in Riverside Park is a far cry from the vision Thomas Taggart had for Indianapolis as its mayor from 1895-1901.
Since 2003, Team Major Taylor has fueled competition at Bloomington’s annual Little Five Hundred bicycle race. The namesake of the racially diverse team was a hero from the golden age of cycling at the turn of the twentieth century. The glory was bittersweet, however, when considered in light of the enormous racial discrimination Marshall Walter Taylor had to battle along the way.
Grassroots organizing. Alternative transportation. Greenways and parks. Many components of contemporary political campaigns seem to have been borrowed from the platforms and strategies that worked well in Indiana in the 1890’s.