Atlanta Honors Bessie Coleman

City names street in aviator's honor

Journal Staff Report

The city of Atlanta honored one of its own Friday when it unveiled a street sign renaming the road leading to the city airport to Bessie Coleman Drive. The road was originally named Airport Drive.

Coleman was American's first female African-American pilot. She was born in Atlanta on Jan. 26, 1892, the sixth surviving child of Susan and George Coleman.

She made headlines in 1921when she became the first African-American woman to earn an international pilot's license. On Sept. 3, 1922 she made history as she became the first black woman to fly over American soil.

Coleman died April 30, 1926 in a flying accident near Jacksonville, Florida.

She was inducted into the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame on Nov. 10 of this year.

Mayor Kay Philips unveiled the sign and guests were treated to refreshments afterward in the terminal at the Atlanta Municipal Airport.

Article found in Atlanta Citizen's Journal newspaper.

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