Taylor married Georgia Gordon Taylor in 1890 in Tennessee. Together they only had one child, Preston Gordon Taylor, who tragically passed away before his first birthday. While Preston Taylor found much success in his life, the success of his wife certainly did not fall far behind his own. Gordon Taylor was the leader of the original Jubilee Fisk Singers, who were renowned worldwide. She was regarded for the rare quality of her soprano voice. Gordon Taylor and the Jubilee Fisk Singers had been one of the first ever musical groups to tour America and Europe. They performed for U.S. President Ulysses S. Grant and when they toured the British Isles, they performed for Queen Victoria. The Jubilee Fisk Singers were able to raise enough funding during their tours to establish Jubilee Hall at Fisk University. Gordon Taylor passed away in 1913 at the age of 58, leaving being her legacy as an excellent singer, wife, and great friend to her husband.
Georgia Gordon Taylor, age 42 in 1897. From Sparkling Gems of Race Knowledge Worth Reading
Preston Taylor left behind an immense legacy, one that is most evident in his long-time home of Nashville. Today there are several buildings and organizations that bear his name. Some to note are Historic Preston Taylor Apartments, Preston Taylor Clubhouse, Preston Taylor Boys And Girls Club YMCA, and Preston Taylor Ministries. He is remembered as one of the first ever black millionaires in America, but his reach went far beyond his finances. His voice was heard for nearly half a century in church halls across the south, he was the lead entertainer for years at the annual state fair, and he served as a figure of inspiration for countless Americans. His “push” for the Colored Co-operative Publishing Company serves as a wonderful tangible example of his contributions and influence for the African American community.
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