By Monica SmithPlease see link for complete article
In 1922, an 8-year old Arthur Freeman watched in amazement as a plane maneuvered effortlessly through the skies over Chicago at the hands of his aunt, Bessie Coleman. Thirty-year-old Bessie was the first black female pilot in the United States, and likely the world.
Monica Smith is a retired Air Force pilot who resides in Macon. She is a member of Bessie Coleman Aerospace Legacy, Inc.