BESSIE COLEMAN #100travelHERS
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Birth: January 26, 1892; Atlanta, Texas
Death: April 30, 1926; Jacksonville, Florida
Notable journeys: With funding from the Chicago Defender newspaper, traveled to Paris on November 20, 1920, to earn a pilot license, since flight schools in America would not admit women or African Americans. Obtained her license on June 15, 1921. Returned to Europe in February 1922 to study barnstorming stunt plane techniques in the Netherlands and Germany.
Notable work: Was a popular stunt pilot in the United States before her death in a flight accident at age 34. Is the namesake of numerous scholarships, awards, and cultural organizations.
Quote: “You’ve never lived till you’ve flown!”