City of Tyler unveils Half Mile of History marker for former Olympian

City of Tyler unveils Half Mile of History marker for former Olympian
A Half Mile of History was unveiled Monday for Olympic athlete and East Texas native Robert Taylor (Source: KLTV staff)
City of Tyler crews installed the Half Mile of History marker in the downtown area on Monday, forever cementing the Olympic spirit into the square, and cementing Taylor's legacy in his community (Source: KLTV)
City of Tyler crews installed the Half Mile of History marker in the downtown area on Monday, forever cementing the Olympic spirit into the square, and cementing Taylor's legacy in his community (Source: KLTV)
Robert Taylor, seen here in the center of the photo celebrating his Olympic win, was honored with a stone plaque cementing his legacy as an Olympian and former Tyler resident (Source: Taylor family)
Robert Taylor, seen here in the center of the photo celebrating his Olympic win, was honored with a stone plaque cementing his legacy as an Olympian and former Tyler resident (Source: Taylor family)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - The city of Tyler installed a Half Mile of History marker on Monday dedicated to an Olympic athlete who called East Texas home.

City crews installed a stone plaque honoring Robert Taylor on the downtown Tyler square; the 56th such stone that would cement the legacy of a former Tylerite.

In 1973, Taylor went to the Olympics in Munich, Germany where he won silver in the 100-meter race and gold in the 4 x 100. Being the only person from Tyler to win medals in the Olympics, the city decided to recognize Taylor's accomplishments with a Half Mile of History marker.

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It's an acknowledgment Stanley Cofer with the Empowerment Community Development Cooperation said was vital to the African American history in Tyler.

"A lot of time this is hidden like hidden figures, so we want to make sure that the history is preserved," Cofer said.  

It's been 10 years since the death of Robert Taylor, but his daughter says they are working hard to make sure they preserve his legacy.

"We have our time where it's hard for us, we have our moments where we are emotional," Cecilee Taylor said. "But we always remember our dad was just the passionate, loving guy, he was a family guy, so we've got to keep it that way."

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