Wilmington native, architect Robert Taylor honored on US stamp


WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — In Downtown Wilmington, a ceremony was held to celebrate a Wilmington native being selected to be on the US stamp. Robert Robinson Taylor was the first formally educated black architect in America, studying at MIT in the late 1800’s.

Several people spoke at event, including Taylor’s great-niece Dr. Louise Sindos, who says he always related to the common man even though he was so smart.

“That was what I loved about him, because that’s kinda my attitude toward life too,” Sindos said. “And I think that was one reason we were so close.  We were so, so close.”

Taylor was a member of the MIT class of 1892 for architectural history, applied mechanics and mathematics. He designed many of the buildings at Tuskegee University, and he served as second-in-command to its founder and first President, Booker T. Washington.

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