Elizabeth “Bessie” Coleman was born on January 26, 1892 to parents George and Susan Coleman, she being the tenth of their thirteen children. George Coleman was part African American and part Cherokee, a sharecropper in Atlanta, Texas which had been settled by former Georgia residents. While there were opportunities to make money in the local industries (railroads, oil, lumber), the Coleman family struggled. George moved his family to Waxahachie in 1894, hoping to do better for himself and his family.
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