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Rider Highlight: Bessie Stringfield

Bessie Springfield, image from A.M.A. page.
Bessie Springfield (This image and thumbnail image are from AMA page.)

In 1930, at the age of 19, Stringfield became the first African-American woman to ride across the United States solo. Before the interstate highway system, road travel was haphazard at best; pavement was scarce, and dirt roads were carved with danger, if they existed at all. As a skilled rider, Stringfield navigated these challenges. But discrimination and Jim Crow laws [and being female] posed even more treacherous hurdles. ~ timeline.com

Intrigued? Read more at Timeline.com and/or the American Motorcyclist Association’s Hall of Fame inductee page.

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