Relative of Bessie Coleman seated beside a trophy cup, 1920s
- Relative of Bessie Coleman seated beside a trophy cup, 1920s
- Alternative title
- Bessie Coleman's family
- Date Created
Miriam Matthews Photograph Collection
Studio portrait of a relative of Bessie Coleman, an African American woman, holding an award cup, most likely earned by Bessie Coleman.
Bessie Coleman was an African American civil aviator. She was the first woman of African-American descent to hold a civilian pilot license. Due to discrimination against blacks in the U. S., she traveled to Paris in, 1920 to learn to fly and earn an international pilot's license. She then returned to the United States in 1921 and became a "barnstorming" stunt flier. "Queen Bess," as she was known, was a highly popular draw for the next five years. She was a speaker, was often interviewed by newspapers, and she was admired by both blacks and whites. In 1926 Coleman died in a tragic airplane accident. She was 34 years old.
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