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Greg LeMond and track and field star Edwin Moses will speak at the unveiling of a statue honoring African-American cycling pioneer Major Taylor in Worcester, Massachusetts, next month.
The statue is the culmination of a long-term effort by local fans of Taylor, who lived in Worcester at the height of his career.
LeMond won one of his cycling world championships 80 years after Taylor.
The statue of the “Worcester Whirlwind,” created by sculptor Antonio Tobias Mendez, is Worcester’s first monument to an African-American.
The unveiling will be at noon on Wednesday, May 21 at the Worcester Public Library. Prior to the unveiling, the Seven Hills Wheelmen and the Charles River Wheelmen’s Wednesday Wheelers will lead a 30-mile bicycle ride starting and ending at the library.
On the evening of the same day, the Clark University History Department and Higgins School of Humanities will present a panel discussion on “Race, Sports, and Major Taylor’s Legacy.”
For details visit the Major Taylor Association’s Web site.