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The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels
REI Seattle
Seattle, WA
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The Bicycle Corps: America's Black Army on Wheels
In 1897, the U.S. Army theorized that the newly developed "safety" bicycle could replace the horse as a means of troop transport (after all, tires don't need food, water, or rest).  As a result, the 25th Infantry established a Bicycle Corps to test the overall practicality of military cycling.

Twenty African American soldiers put their bicycles, their bodies, and the Army's theory to the test with a 2000-mile ride from Montana to St. Louis, Missouri. Drawing off of numerous photographs, excellent documentation left by unit commander Lt. James Moss, and newspaper articles by a ride-along reporter, this film chronicles their journey.

This showing will benefit Cascade's Major Taylor Project, and will feature a special presentation on Marshall "Major" Taylor, who was just gaining fame as a professional African American bike racer at the same time the Bicycle Corps were making their trek.

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REI Seattle
222 Yale Street
Seattle, WA 98109
United States


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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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