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Hundreds celebrate Bessie Stringfield, first African-American woman to ride a motorcycle cross-country

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KILLEEN, TX (KXXV) -

Nearly 200 women from across the country rode their motorcycles to Killeen this weekend all to help celebrate the legacy of one ground-breaking woman.

Bessie Stringfield was the first African American woman to ride a motorcycle cross-country at the age of 19.

But, she didn't just do it once. Throughout the 1930's and 40's, Stringfield made the trip a total of eight times by herself!

Her legacy is now celebrated by women from all over who aspire to be like Bessie.

But they admit... she's in a class of her own.

"She was the president of a club of all men. She was the only female, and in 1965, that was unheard of. So, she was doing things that even today we won't do," Tameka Richardson, the founder of the Bessie Stringfield All Female Ride, said. 

All of the participants wore blue shirts in honor of Bessie's 27 different blue Harleys she rode throughout her life.

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