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Wordless Wednesday: John Baxter Taylor, America’s First Black Olympic Gold Medalist

August 12th, 2009 by Ajuan Mance


John Baxter Taylor (far right), photographed with his University of Pennsylvania Track and Field teammates (1904 – 1905 team photograph)

(Source: University of Pennsylvania Archives Digital Image Collection)


John Baxter Taylor (1882 – 1908).

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Posted by Ajuan Mance

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3 Responses

  1. Mark

    That is a very cool old shot. So much history there. I notice that he got stuck on one end, but doesn’t seem to be any more shunned than the guys on the other row ends. I wonder how life on the team was for him.

  2. Sukhmandir Kaur

    The Olympic color scheme certainly is different today thanks to the forerunners who went out and showed em how it’s done.

  3. doug schofield

    My wife’s grandfather, Mel Sheppard was on the winning 1908,Olympic gold 1600m relay team with John Taylor.We have always been honored. If John had not died so suddenly after the Olympics, his name & legacy would long be remembered. Thank you.