“If you had black skin you couldn’t get a place to stay. I knew the Lord would take care of me and He did. If I found black folks, I’d stay with them. If not, I’d sleep at filling stations on my motorcycle.”
Bessie Stringfield was born around 1911 in Edenton, North Carolina. She began her biking journeys after purchasing her first motorcycle at 16 years old. And throughout life, Bessie would take multiple long distance trips across the U.S, eventually riding through all 48 lower states.
Then during WWII, she became a civilian courier for the US Army, where Bessie took documents between domestic army bases, riding her own Harley-Davidson from base to base.
She was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2002.