This Afro-American Woman Was A Trailblazing Pilot, And Her Barnstorming Exploits Were Totally Insane

It’s Labor Day in New York, and a crowd looks on in delight as Bessie Coleman flies her Curtiss airplane through the skies. The ambitious aviatrix has spent years building up to this moment, defying the expectations of the era to achieve her impossible dream. Now, she’s emerged a true heroine – with a story worthy of the movie screen.

Coleman was born in the community of Atlanta, Texas, on January 26, 1892. Her father George was of both Native American and African-American descent, while her mother Susan had a predominantly African-American heritage. And even though it was not easy to be anything other than white in America at the time, the Colemans made the most of their situation.

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