Coleman, Bessie, 1892-1926

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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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referencedIn General Photograph File, 1986 - 1995 United States. National Archives and Records Administration
referencedIn Norman, R.E. mss., 1912-1954 Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
referencedIn Nikki Grimes Papers, 1992-2010 University of Minnesota Libraries Children's Literature Research Collections
referencedIn Bessie Coleman. Texas Woman's University Library, Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey Library
referencedIn Platte, Claude, 1919-. Oral history interview with Claude Platte, 2006 July 27. University of North Texas Library, UNT
referencedIn Women in aviation. Texas Woman's University Library, Mary Evelyn Blagg-Huey Library
referencedIn Papers of Bernice Resnick Sandler, 1963-2008 Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute
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associatedWith Abbott, Robert S. (Robert Sengstacke), 1868-1940 person
associatedWith Bernice Resnick Sandler person
associatedWith Binga, Jesse. person
associatedWith Fokker, Anthony Herman Gerard, 1890-1939 person
associatedWith Grimes, Nikki person
associatedWith Norman, Richard E. (Richard Edward), 1891-1961 person
associatedWith Platte, Claude, 1919- person
Place Name Admin Code Country
United States 00 US
Atlanta TX US
Republic of France 00 FR
Jacksonville FL US
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Aeronautics
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Pilots
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Birth 1892-01-26

Death 1926-04-30

Female

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