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Crowds mourned daring flier at Orlando rail station in 1926

from Orlando Sentinel

Recently, dignitaries gathered at Florida's Orlando Executive Airport to honor one of the most fascinating figures to walk across the stage of the city's history: Bessie Coleman, a glamorous, gutsy black aviation pioneer who gained a coveted international pilot's license in 1921, before Amelia Earhart. Born Jan. 26, 1892, in Texas, Coleman moved in 1915 to Chicago. When her brothers returned to the Windy City from World War I, they described a lack of prejudice in France and also told tales of wartime aviation. Coleman's mind was made up: She would learn to fly. more

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