Black History in the Making: Harrison Taylor
We all know him for his long-time service on the Tuscaloosa City Council, but Harrison Taylor was also the first black postal carrier in Tuscaloosa.
According to the City of Tuscaloosa, Councilman was educated in the Tuscaloosa Public Schools, graduating from Druid High School and Shelton State Community College (C. A. Fredd Campus). He is retired from the United States Postal Service as a letter carrier after 34 years of service. Councilman Taylor has served as City Councilman for District 2 since August, 1993, running unopposed in 2009 and 2013. During his previous term, Mr. Taylor served as President Pro-Tem of the City Council, Chairman of the Community Development Council Committee, Vice Chairman of the Finance Council Committee and was a member of the Administration Council Committee. He is married to Verdelle H. Taylor and they have two sons, one daughter and six grandchildren.
Taylor has been a proponent for the advancement of the black community and the destruction of racial barriers for decades. He has been instrumental in the development of Tuscaloosa Builds, which affords minority contractors a better opportunity to bid on contracts with the City of Tuscaloosa as well as Tuscaloosa County. Mayor Maddox has credited Taylor as being a very important part of his life, and being the first to cross the racial barrier in the postal system within the City of Tuscaloosa, there's probably not a better person to have by the mayor's side.