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Title supplied by cataloger.; Information provided with the image indicates that this portrait was used for her aviation license in 1923. Bessie Coleman (1896-1926) was the first African American woman to earn an aviator's license. Originally from Atlanta, Texas, Coleman moved to Chicago in 1915, where she first learned about flying from pilots returning from World War I. Gender and racial prejudice in the United States prevented Coleman for studying aviation, so she traveled to France, where she optained an international aviation license from the FeÂ´deÂ´ration AeÂ´ronautique Internationale. To make a living as a pilot, Coleman did barnstorming, or performed in airshows as a stunt pilot. Coleman was killed when her plane malfunctioned. Portrait of pilot Bessie Coleman in her complete aviation outfit.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 21 cm. Photographic prints
00077728 SecurityÂ Pacific National Bank Collection Transportation-Aviation-Personalities-Coleman, Bessie.; S-001-062.4 4x5 CARL0000078596 http://188.8.131.52/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/110828
Coleman, Bessie,--1892-1926 Women air pilots--United States Air pilots--United States Portrait photographs