(1892-1926)The tenth of 13 children born to tenant farmers Susan and George Coleman, famed aviatrix Bessie Coleman was a native of Atlanta, Texas. The family moved to Waxahachie when Bessie was two years old. She followed her brothers to Chicago in 1915 and developed an interest in flying. Because she could find no one in the United States who would teach an African-American woman, Coleman learned to fly in France and obtained her international pilot's license in 1921. Upon her return to the United States, she was hailed as the first black woman to pilot an airplane. Bessie Coleman died in an air accident in Jacksonville, Florida in 1926 and is buried near Chicago.
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|Placed By||The Texas Historical Commission|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, September 30th, 2014 at 8:11pm PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||15S E 391259 N 3664544|
|Decimal Degrees||33.11413333, -94.16551667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 33° 6.848', W 94° 9.931'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 6' 50.88" N, 94° 9' 55.86" W|
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|Area Code(s)||903, 430|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 567-599 Farm to Market 249, Atlanta TX 75551, US|
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