John Baxter Taylor (VMD 1908)

Track (men's), 1600 Meter Relay Team, 1908 Olympic Games. Photo courtesy University of Pennsylvania Archives

Track (men’s), 1600 Meter Relay Team, 1908 Olympic Games. Courtesy Penn Archives

John Baxter Taylor, a Penn Vet alumnus, graduated in 1908 and went on to make Olympic history that same year. He and his teammates (pictured above) placed first in the 1600 meter relay, making Taylor the first African American to win Olympic gold.

Learn more about Taylor, his time at Penn and the Olympics, and his tragic early death, at the University of Pennsylvania Archives.

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