Women Wednesday: Bessie Stringfield

STRONG WOMEN LIFT EACH OTHER UP

Strength, inspiration, empowerment, motivation; Women Wednesday is a weekly series celebrating fierce, intelligent, talented women.

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 posed even more treacherous hurdles.

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