Bessie Coleman, Aviator History Hero Cutout

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Meet our first history hero cutout (paper figure) Bessie Coleman who was the first African American female aviator in the United States during the 1920s. Bessie didn’t let roadblocks such as racism or sexism stand in the way of realizing her dream.

Born in the late 1800s to parents who worked as sharecroppers in the south, Bessie decided she wanted to fly airplanes. Her brothers laughed at the idea, but she kept to her vision and found a way.

With your Bessie Coleman Figure you'll enjoy:

  • Custom beauty: An attractive piece of art designed especially for the Storied Gifts Shop. 
  • Craft Fun: You'll apply the figure to heavy cardboard or matboard and then cut out the figure. It's a craft project to enjoy while you consider the inspiring life of Bessie Coleman.
  • History knowledge: Maybe you knew or didn't know about Bessie Coleman. You'll be inspired by her story and never forget how she strived in her life. This piece can be on display and inspire you. 


Bessie learned that if she traveled from the U.S. to France, she could enter an aviation program there and learn to fly. The only hurdle was she had to learn French to complete the applications. Bessie became an aviator, a daredevil air performer, and worked to encourage others to strive for their goals, too.

This history hero cut-out is specially designed for Storied Gifts Shop by artist David Borzo. The figure is drawn from a composite of period images of Bessie. The art is designed so that you can apply the figure to a firm piece of cardboard and cut it out to create your history hero cutout.

You can find more about Bessie on Storied Gifts.

Enjoy your history hero cutout of Bessie Coleman and channel her tenacity in your life as you reach for your goals.