Bessie Coleman

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Bessie Coleman


Sculpted in 2022

Bessie Coleman was an African American aviator who became the first Black woman to hold a pilot’s license. Born in Texas in 1892, Coleman was inspired to become a pilot after hearing stories of French airmen during World War I. However, because of racial and gender discrimination, she was unable to receive training in the United States and instead went to France to earn her pilot’s license in 1921.

After returning to the United States, Coleman established a successful career as a stunt pilot and barnstormer, performing daring aerial tricks and demonstrations to crowds across the country. She faced numerous obstacles and challenges, including racial and gender discrimination, but she continued to fly and inspire others with her passion for aviation.

Bessie Coleman is remembered today as a pioneering figure in American aviation and a trailblazer for women and people of color. Her life and accomplishments continue to inspire generations of aviators and advocates for equality and opportunity.

Made of white bonded marble, additional colors are painted.

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Materials: Marble

Variation options: Classic White Marble, Painted Bronze

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