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When History Was Made: Bessie Stringfield

stringfield 2Bessie Stringfield, known as “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami,” was born in 1911 in Kingston, Jamaica. She was the first black woman to ride across America solo on a motorcycle.



At the age of 19, Stringfield received permission from her mother to purchase a motorcycle, after which she embarked on her journey. To support herself financially while traveling the lower 48 states, she performed in motor vehicle shows, performed stunts and rode motordomes.

She was the only woman to serve as a motorcycle dispatch during World War II, and became the first female to be inducted into the Motorcycle Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2002.

Stringfield passed way in Opa-locka, Florida in 1993.

By: Danielle Dixon

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