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Dr Preston Taylor

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Dr Preston Taylor

Birth
Shreveport, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, USA
Death 13 Apr 1931 (aged 81)
Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Burial Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, USA
Memorial ID 21382260 View Source
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Bussiness man,one of Nashville's early black millionaires. A former slave who fought for the Union in the United States Colored Infantry during the Civil War. In 1887, Taylor purchased thirty-seven acres of land at Elm Hill Pike and Spence Lane in 1888, he established Nashville's second oldest cemetery for blacks. He was a minister and undertaker, one of three pioneers who founded Citizens' Bank. He was also the developer of Greenwood Park ,the annual State Colored Fair was held there, it was an amusement park for blacks at a time when African Americans were not permitted in public parks. Preston Taylor YMCA, Preston Taylor Homes,and Preston Taylor Ministries are all named in Honor of him.


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