Robert Robinson Taylor
(June 8, 1868 – December 13, 1942)
1. He was the first African-American student enrolled at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1888.
2. He was an American architect; by some accounts, the first accredited African-American architect.
3. His first building project on the Tuskegee University campus was the Science Hall (Thrasher Hall) completed in 1893.
4. Taylor also designed buildings that were not at Tuskegee. These include Carnegie libraries at Wiley College in Marshall, Texas and at Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina. With his later partner, the black architect Louis H. Persley, he did large buildings at Selma University in Selma, Alabama, and the Colored Masonic Temple, which is also an office building and entertainment venue, in Birmingham, Alabama.
5. He died on December 13, 1942 while attending services in the Tuskegee Chapel, the building that he considered his most outstanding achievement as an architect. He was buried at the Pine Forest Cemetery in Wilmington, North Carolina
6. Taylor was honored on USPS’ 38th Black Heritage stamp issued February 12, 2015.
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