Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Queen Bessie

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Bessie Coleman, Queen Bessie, was born on January 26th, 1893.

Bessie Coleman, U.S. commemorative stamp, 1995. 

Photo from Britannica Public
Learn more about this early aviator, as well as other women and African Americans in the field of aviation. 

Start with Novelist Plus to locate books for kids and adults. Titles such as:  Nobody Owns the Sky by Reeve Lindbergh, Bessie Coleman: Trailblazing Pilot by Carol Alexander, or Queen Bess: Daredevil Aviator by Doris L. Rich.

You can also find the article by Doris L. Rich, My Quest for Queen Bess, in the Smithsonian and Air & Space archive. 

Check out History Reference Center or History Study Center, as well as Britannica Public and Britannica School, and Explora for a periodical articles and biography. For historical (and new) newspaper articles, search in ProQuest Central Newspapers.

For more biographies, go to the Biography subject in,

All this, and more, can be found at Please contact Chris Van Burgh, Database Instruction Librarian, if you have any questions,

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