Harrison Taylor is a Black History Maker of Alabama
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Harrison Taylor has achieved a great deal of accomplishments and broke many barriers in his lifetime. Taylor, 73 was born and raised in Tuscaloosa and has always been involved in the community. Taylor is often known around town as "Mailman" as he became Tuscaloosa's first Black postal carrier. Taylor dreamed of becoming a mailman since childhood and worked for the post office for 34 years.
Taylor continued to make history in Alabama by becoming the first Black Tuscaloosa City Council President. There has yet to be another African American to hold this position. Taylor first represented District 2 for 24 years then served as city council president for 12 years. During his time in office, Taylor fought to improve diversity within the city of Tuscaloosa.
Taylor continued his leadership by serving in the U.S. Army. He was also a foot soldier in the civil rights movement from 1963-1964. At 17 years old Taylor took part in the historic "Bloody Tuesday" march in Tuscaloosa. Taylor along with other citizens planned to march from the First African Baptist Church to the Tuscaloosa County Courthouse on June 9, 1964. The motive behind the march was to protest against segregated drinking fountains at the county courthouse. Thanks to the brave acts of Taylor and other civil rights leaders Tuscaloosa has become a more inclusive and evolved city.