Bessie Stringfield (1911-1993) was an African American motorcycling pioneer who defied racial and gender barriers in the pre-Civil Rights era. She was also my mentor and friend. Bessie toured the USA eight times on her Harleys and was a World War II courier. Today she has a new generation of fans with a viral video, events and awards in her honor. Yet as a woman, she is still largely unknown. But not to me. Here is a preview of my memoir in progress, as I look back on the extraordinary life of Bessie Stringfield and on the bond that we shared. Ann Ferrar

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