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Coleman was born in Atlanta, Texas back in 1892 to George and Susan. BTW I lived in Texarkana, Texas about 20 miles north of Atlanta.   That has nothing to do with this post however, I found it interesting. So, when Coleman was 2 the family moved to Waxahachie, Texas. Attending school Coleman had to walk four miles to get to classes.

Coleman attended Langston, University in Langston, Oklahoma. At 23 Coleman moved to Chicago working in various jobs. Wanting to become a pilot due to WWI veterans talking about flying.   Due to the lack of funds and other issues (we’ll get to that shortly) Coleman moved to Paris to earn a pilot license. In 1926 Coleman was in Jacksonville, Florida having just recently purchased a Curtis JN-4 in Dallas.

The plane had issues however Coleman ignored putting on the seat belt. Coleman was planning on a parachute jump for the next day and wanted to look over the cockpit to examine the terrain. About 10 minutes into the flight the plane took a nose dive and Coleman fell out of the plane. So, not a brilliant move no doubt however, what Coleman will go down in the history books is.

For you see Coleman was Bessie Coleman the first African-American and the first Native American female aviator to hold a pilots license. She was also the first person of African-American and Native American descent to hold an international pilot license.

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Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Wow, had no clue, James.  Not a very good ending.

Nov 30, 2016 04:22 AM #1
Harry F. D'Elia
Real Estate and Beyond, LLC - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

We very much appreciate you sharing this information with us today.

Nov 30, 2016 05:10 AM #2
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker

Good morning James. Even though Bessie was a pioneer, once again no clue! Jeep them coming. Enjoy your day!

Nov 30, 2016 05:21 AM #3
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

Another one walking miles to school! Wonder what she had accomplished if the plane was ok to fly.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Nov 30, 2016 05:50 AM #4
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

What a neat gal, that is not very good that she fell out of the plane though, too bad she didn't have her parachute on.

Nov 30, 2016 06:57 AM #5
Rebecca Lewis
ODAT Realty Services, Inc - Grayson, GA

Amazing accomplishment for that time period. Thanks for the history refresher.

Nov 30, 2016 07:00 AM #6
Joe Pryor
The Virtual Real Estate Team - Oklahoma City, OK
REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties

Growing up in Oklahoma I knew tahe Coleman was an African American becasue of Langston. Until the 1970's Langston was an all black school. Even our large universities didn't have any integration until the 1960's and that was primarily because of football.

Nov 30, 2016 07:41 AM #7
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi James Dray - Well this time, I didn't even get the gender right!  What an amzing gal. It shows determination to accomplish your dream.

Nov 30, 2016 08:15 AM #8
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

 James Dray Thanks for the history on amazing Bessie Coleman.

Nov 30, 2016 09:38 AM #9
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Wow James,

That was something else, and bravo to Bessie Coleman.  A

Nov 30, 2016 11:15 AM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD
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Thank you very much, James, for sharing this interesting story.

Nov 30, 2016 04:43 PM #11
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

What a great story and another history lesson for me, James. Thanks for sharing. 

Nov 30, 2016 06:49 PM #12
David Martin (703) 585-4687
Fairfax Realty - Fairfax, VA
Making Realty Dreams a Reality

More stories more biographies lots of research I assume 

Dec 01, 2017 06:17 AM #13
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