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World champion Indy cyclist’s life on exhibit at Indiana State Museum

World champion Indy cyclist's life on exhibit at Indiana State Museum

National Library of France/Public Domain Bicycle enthusiasts and history fans will be able to view a new exhibit at the Indiana State Museum. Visitors can…

Thursday, Mar 17

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National Library of France/Public Domain Bicycle enthusiasts and history fans will be able to view a new exhibit at the Indiana State Museum. Visitors can view artifacts and have interactive experiences centered on the life of the first Black world champion bicyclist and Indy native Marshall "Major" Taylor. WFYI’s Terri Dee talks to the museum’s curator of social history, Kisha Tandy about the exhibit’s unique features and Indiana’s enthusiasm for the sport as early as the 1800s.

WFYI Reporter Terri Dee: Kisha, what can visitors to the Indiana State Museum experience with the exhibit?

Indiana State Museum Curator of Social History, Kisha Tandy: Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to experience interactive as well as learning about the remarkable life of Major Taylor. They will have the opportunity to try to beat Major Taylor in a time trial. So, they’ll have an opportunity to get on a bike and see if they can compete with him. They also have the opportunity to learn how bikes work and how to fix a flat tire, as well as the opportunity to try to build their own small bike.

Dee: Why did the Indiana State Museum feel it was worthy to feature this type of exhibit?

Tandy: This collection is full of information that Taylor used to write his autobiography, and it really is a chronicle of his life. The foundation of the exhibit is the collection which includes scrapbooks, photographs, letters and postcards. We use those materials to help […]

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