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Book, Black Wings

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

William J. Powell published "Black Wings," a thinly veiled autobiography, in 1934 during the depths of the Great Depression. The book told the story of the first days of the Bessie Coleman Flying Club, which Powell founded in 1929 in Los Angeles. Each copy came with an advertising insert that addressed issues for African-Americans in aviation and everyday life.

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