Coleman, Bessie, 1892-1926

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1892-01-26
Death 1926-04-30
Gender:
Female
Americans

Biographical notes:

Bessie Coleman (b. Jan. 26, 1892, Atlanta, TX–d. April 30, 1926, Jacksonville FL) was an American civil aviator and the first woman of African-American descent and the first of Native American descent to hold a pilot license. At 24, she moved to Chicago and became interested in flying but was unable to attain a license in the United States. She relocated to Paris in 1920 and in 1921, Coleman became the first woman of African-American and Native American descent to earn an aviation pilot's license and the first person of African-American and Native American descent to earn an international aviation license from the Fédération Aéronautique International. In the United States she was highly popular stunt pilot.

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Subjects:

  • Aeronautics

Occupations:

  • Pilots

Places:

  • United States, 00, US
  • Atlanta, TX, US
  • Republic of France, 00, FR
  • Jacksonville, FL, US