Black History Month in GoWYLD: Bessie Coleman

Feb 2, 2022

USA - CIRCA 1995: a stamp printed in the USA shows Bessie Coleman.February is Black History Month and has resources to mark the occasion. For example, you can learn more about pioneering aviator Bessie Coleman.

“Queen Bess” was the first black woman ever to fly an airplane and the first African American to earn an international pilot’s license. After learning to fly and training in France, she came home to wow the country with her aerial stunt/exhibition flying.

Learn more about Bessie Coleman, born on January 26, 1892, in Biography (Gale In Context). Conducting a search will result in a variety of biographies, magazine and news articles, images, and links to select websites. Since it’s an In Context resource, you can take advantage of the highlights and notes feature, access a permalink, and send to Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive.

Biography (Gale In Context) merges reference content with periodicals and multimedia. Users can browse or search for people based on name, occupation, nationality, ethnicity, birth/death dates and places, or gender, as well as by keyword.

For more information about the databases, training, or marketing materials, please contact Chris Van Burgh, Wyoming State Library Database Instruction Librarian,

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