Bessie Coleman, Fearless Aviator Breaking Barriers – Amazing Women In History

Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) was the first African-American woman to become a licensed airplane pilot. She persevered through discrimination and danger in order to fly in the early days of aviation. Like many aviators of the early 20th century, she made her living as a barnstormer, similar to today’s stunt pilots. People lined up to see “Queen Bess” or “Brave Bessie” in action.

Bessie was born in rural North Texas as the tenth child of thirteen on January 26, 1892. She grew up in Waxahachie, south of Dallas. Her father was a tenant farmer, but the entire family worked in the fields when it was time to harvest cotton. Schools were segregated, and the…

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