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Atlanta in Cass County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Bessie Coleman
(1892-1926)
 
Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Jeff Martin, September 15, 2007
1. Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) Marker
 
Inscription. 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 pilotís 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.
 
Erected 2002 by the Texas Historical Commission.
 
Location. 33° 6.848′ N, 94° 9.931′ W. Marker is in Atlanta, Texas, in Cass County. Marker is on East Street (County Route 249) near Main Street. Click for map. Located in a rail park next to the depot and a retired, yellow-painted rail car with large print on its side that reads “Union Pacific UP 25602”. Marker is at or near this postal address: 101 North East Street, Atlanta TX 75551, United States of America.
 
More about this marker. This location also contains a geocache. See http://geocaching.com. My cousin and I found this marker while on a motorcycle geocaching roadtrip.
 
Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Jeff Martin, September 15, 2007
2. Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) Marker
 

 
Also see . . .
1. Bessie Coleman. This site documents the achievements of the world's first licensed black pilot. (Submitted on January 20, 2008.) 

2. Bessie Coleman - Wikipedia Article. (Submitted on January 21, 2008, by Jeff Martin of San Antonio, Texas.)
 
Bessie Coleman Photo, Click for full size
Wikipedia
3. Bessie Coleman
 
 
Union Pacific Caboose Next to Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Tim Martin, September 15, 2007
4. Union Pacific Caboose Next to Marker
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on January 20, 2008, by Jeff Martin of San Antonio, Texas. This page has been viewed 6,387 times since then. Last updated on November 23, 2008, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on January 20, 2008, by Jeff Martin of San Antonio, Texas.   3. submitted on April 1, 2009, by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on January 21, 2008, by Jeff Martin of San Antonio, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page.
 
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