Paving the way for women motorcycle riders of today!

Image

Known as the Motorcycle Queen of Miami, Bessie Stringfield started riding when she was 16. She was the first African-American woman to travel cross-country solo, and she did it at age 19 in 1929, riding a 1928 Indian Scout. Bessie traveled through all of the lower 48 states during the ’30s and ’40s at a time when the country was rife with prejudice and hatred. She later rode in Europe, Brazil, and Haiti and during World War II she served as one of the few motorcycle despatch riders for the United States military.

 

Advertisements

3 thoughts on “Paving the way for women motorcycle riders of today!

    1. Totally! I did a wikipedia search for her and it said that her parents died when she was 5 and she was raised by an Irish woman. At 16 teaching herself to ride and at 19 her journey began. Such a strong woman..and gutzy, riding thru the south in the 30’s and 40’s!!!!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s