On January 26, 1892 Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was born in a one-room, dirt-floored cabin in Atlanta, Texas, to George and Susan Coleman. When Bessie was two years old, her father, a day laborer, moved his family to Waxahachie, Texas, where he bought a quarter-acre of land and built a three-room house. In 1901 George Coleman left his family. Bessie's mother and two older brothers went to work and Bessie was left as caretaker of her two younger sisters.
PROVIDING EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE TO THE BUSINESS AVIATION COMMUNITY
A REMARKABLE JOURNEY.
AN OUTSTANDING FUTURE.
THE BESSIE COLEMAN AEROSPACE LEGACY,Inc.
In 1995, several people met in Baltimore, Maryland and formed the Bessie Coleman Foundation, Inc. which later became the Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy, Inc (BCAL). At that founding meeting at the home of Jill Brown was Lorraine Spencer (Vice President, Public Relations), Captain Beverly Armstrong, (President), Michelle, a colleague of Captain Armstrong, Patrice Clark-Washington, (Treasurer), Sheldon Smith,(Communications Director) and Mr. Charles Horn. Shirley Tyus later volunteered to be a part of BCF and Vice President so that Lorraine Spencer could concentrate on Public Relations. Ms. Marion Coleman strongly participated in legacy activities nationwide.
BCAL is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization based in Washington, DC.
CLICK TO ENLARGE PHOTO: Patrice Clark-Washington
First Black woman pilot for a commercial airline.