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Waxahachie in Ellis County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Bessie Coleman

(1892-1926)

 
 
Bessie Coleman Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 30, 2020
1. Bessie Coleman Marker
Inscription.  Born in Atlanta, Texas, pioneer aviatrix Bessie Coleman grew up and went to school in a Waxahachie neighborhood a few blocks north of this site. At age 23 she moved to Chicago and first expressed her desire to fly. Since there were no flight schools in this country that would teach African American women, 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 pilot. Extremely popular, "Queen Bess", as she was known, performed as a barnstormer for integrated audiences at air shows and exhibitions around the country before her death in an air accident in Jacksonville, Florida.
 
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12451.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansAir & SpaceWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1921.
 
Location. 32° 23.004′ N, 96° 50.588′ W. Marker is in Waxahachie, Texas, in Ellis County. Marker can be reached from Martin Luther King
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Jr Boulevard (Business U.S. 287) east of Cliff Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Waxahachie TX 75165, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rogers Hotel (approx. ¼ mile away); 1889 Masonic Lodge Hall (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hancock Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); The History of Ellis County/Waxahachie (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ellis County Courthouse (approx. 0.3 miles away); 106 West Main Street (approx. 0.3 miles away); Richard Ellis (approx. 0.3 miles away); Ellis County Confederate War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Waxahachie.
 
Also see . . .
1. Bessie Coleman. This site documents the achievements of the world's first licensed black pilot. (Submitted on July 3, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.) 

2. Bessie Coleman - Wikipedia Article. (Submitted on July 3, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.)
 
Bessie Coleman Marker Area image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Larry D. Moore, June 30, 2020
2. Bessie Coleman Marker Area
Marker is to the left of the gazebo.
Bessie Coleman circa 1921 image. Click for full size.
Courtesy of National Air and Space Museum
3. Bessie Coleman circa 1921
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 3, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas. This page has been viewed 849 times since then and 139 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on July 3, 2020, by Larry D. Moore of Del Valle, Texas.

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