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Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman

January 26th in African American History – Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman

January 26, 1892 Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman, civil aviator, was born in Atlanta, Texas. In her early 20’s, Coleman became interested in flying, but could not gain admittance to American flight schools because she was black and a woman. Therefore, she traveled to Paris, France where she learned to fly and on June 15, 1921 became […]

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