'28 Days Are Not Enough,' Graphic Artist Draws Unsung Heroes
Bessie Stringfield, "The Negro Motorcycle Queen"
In the early 1930's and '40's Bessie travelled the United States on a motorcycle and became the first African-American woman to be admitted into the American Motorcycle Association Hall of Fame and the Harley Davidson Hall of Fame. She was a motorcycle carrier, she was married 6 times, she was just the basic adventurer. Bessie would go on "penny tours" -- she would throw a penny on a map and when it would land on a place, that's where she would go. If she ran out of money she would perform bike tricks at arenas. This was a time when not only were women not allowed to drive motorcycles, but black women were not even really allowed to drive motorcycles.
artist Joel C. Gill
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