Stunt motorcyclist, the “motorcycle queen of Miami”, World War II bike courier, six times wife – always to much younger men, mother and non-stop defiance merchant, Bessie Stringfield was the first African-American woman to traverse the United States by motorbike. This may not sound like a massive achievement, but picture this in the 1920s and 1930s, when colored people were not even allowed to stay in hotels, such was the conventional racism. She’d sleep wild and was also an early proponent of couch-surfing.
In an era where women who wore pants were the object of societal derision, she competed in races and supported herself by doing bike stunts at carnivals. She owned 27 Harley bikes and was a devout Catholic, giving thanks to God for her freedom to “toss a penny on the map” and ride there.
An Aquarius born in 1911, she had fluid Venus in Pisces, Lilith in Sagittarius, Moon in Gemini Mutability underpinned by Mars, Mercury and Uranus in Capricorn. She kept riding right up until her last day, passing just before her Uranus Return at age 84.
No birth time is available so who knows her rising sign – i see Leo in the love of glamor and the self-creation of herself as a performer. She was also big on doing her hair and make-up every damn day, no matter what. And there was a lot of ‘what’ in her life.
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