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    Bessie Coleman - first female pilot of African-American descent. Celebrate Black History Month by checking out the bios of famous black women!

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    Bessie Coleman was the first African American female pilot; women's history, black women from history, african american women in history, female firsts

  • Chicago History Museum

    On October 15, 1922, more than 2,000 gathered to see Bessie Coleman, an African-American woman and pilot, give an exhibition in Chicago. Portrait of Bessie Coleman, pilot. Date unknown. Photographer unknown. ICHi-26774 #BessieColeman #AfricanAmerican #woman #pilot #Chicago #ChicagoHistoryMuseum #history #photography #aviation

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