Bessie Stringfield biked across the United States in the 1930s, a rare feat for an African American woman at the time. Later she became an asset to the United States government as a civilian motorcycle dispatcher—the only woman in her unit. With a military crest attached to her blue Harley-Davidson Knucklehead, she carried documents between domestic US bases.
Later, in the 1950s, Stringfield settled in Miami, bought a house, and became a nurse. In her early days in Florida, she clashed with the local police when she tried to obtain her motorcycle license and was rebuffed. Determined, Stringfield demanded a meeting with their captain, a white motorcycle cop in the Black precinct. He took her to a nearby park and ordered her to perform several difficult motorcycle tricks. She nailed all of them and he relented, granting her a license.
Stringfield continued biking until her death when she was in her 80s.
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