Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman, c. 1922. The world’s first person of African descent to hold an international aviation license as well as the United States’ first African American female aviator. And…..she was from Chicago!

You have to read her story: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bessie_Coleman. There needs to be a movie made about her life, ASAP. She was a bad-ass!

The city honored Queen Bess in 1990 by renaming old Mannheim Road to Bessie Coleman Drive…the address of O’Hare Airport!

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