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‘Queen Bess’: Remembering Bessie Coleman (1892-1926)


Bessie Coleman was a celebrity in Europe as well. Here she is in Germany in 1922, posing with a Pathé newsreel photographer and his bulky movie camera. She had just treated him to a flight over the former Kaiser’s palace in Berlin. By 1922 Bessie had become part of the Harlem Renaissance, befriending writer Langston Hughes, singer Paul Robeson and actress Florence Mills. While Coleman relished the attention that came her way, she insisted her motivation wasn’t fame but a genuine love of flying. She also spoke of her mission to establish an American flight-training school for blacks. After recovering from serious injuries in an air-show accident in California in 1924, “Brave Bessie,” as some newspapers hailed her, embarked on a lecture tour, speaking on aviation and encouraging other blacks to join the profession. “The air is the only place free from prejudice,” she said. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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