Bessie Coleman, the daughter of a poor, southern, African American family, became one of the most famous women and African Americans in aviation history. "Brave Bessie" or "Queen Bess," as she became known, faced the double difficulties of racial and gender discrimination in early 20th-century America but overcame such challenges to become the first African American woman to earn a pilot's license. Coleman became a role model for women and African Americans.
Mae Reeves and her husband Joel pose with her hats at Mae's Millinery in Philadelphia, circa 1953. In 1942, a time when few women were becoming entrepreneurs, Reeves opened what would become a Philadelphia institution with a $500 bank loan. Her hat shop, Mae's Millinery, helped dress some of the most famous African-American women. (Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Mae Reeves and her children, Donna Limerick and William Mincey…
A portrait of Jarena Lee, the first African American woman to publish an autobiography. Read more on the GenealogyBank blog: “10 Famous African Americans in 17th & 18th Century History.” http://blog.genealogybank.com/10-notable-african-americans-in-17th-18th-century-history.html
The owner of Hollywood Cemetary, Jules Roth, refused to allow Hattie McDaniel to be interred there, because they did not allow blacks to be buried there. Her second choice was Rosedale Cemetery, where she lies today.