“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Atlanta in Cass County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Bessie Coleman


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. (Marker Number 12597.)
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
Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Jeff Martin, September 15, 2007
2. Bessie Coleman (1892-1926) Marker
a geocache. See My cousin and I found this marker while on a motorcycle geocaching roadtrip.
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.)
Categories. African AmericansAir & SpaceNotable Persons
Bessie Coleman Photo, Click for full size
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 , by Jeff Martin of San Antonio, Texas. This page has been viewed 7,171 times since then. Last updated on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Jeff Martin of San Antonio, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Richard E. Miller of Oxon Hill, Maryland.   4. submitted on , by Jeff Martin of San Antonio, Texas. • Kevin W. was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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