9. Jill Brown-Rhone Park, Cambridge

Street Address: ~377 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge

Nearest Corner: Corner of Main Street and Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge

Digital & Degree Coordinates: 42.363433,-71.099883; N42 21.806 W71 05.993

View location of Cambridge Cycle Track. Look over to Novartis, formerly NECCO Candy Company, and before that the Cambridge Cycle Track where Major Taylor raced in 1897 as part of the first integrated professional sports team in America:  The Boston Pursuit Team.  His teammates were also rivals in individual events:  Irish-Canadian immigrants Tom and Nat Butler, Burns Pierce, and Irish American Eddie McDuffee.

View Union Baptist Church. Look over to Union Baptist Church, home to many black emigrants from Virginia in the late 19th Century.  Several other black churches in the neighborhood.

View Riverside Cycle Club’s Clubhouse.  The leading African American Cycle Club during the cycling boom of the 1890s had a clubhouse on this corner.  Several members were also members of Union Baptist Church.  In 1894-95 they led a battle against the “color bar” of The League of American Wheelmen.  One of their members, Robert Teamoh was also a state legislator and he got the Massachusetts legislature to issue a resolution condemning the color bar.

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latitude: 
42.36
longitude: 
-71.10