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At Riders Claw, we strive to keep you up to date on the latest news in the motorcycle world. Bessie Stringfiled is being honored as the first Black woman to ride across the U.S. solo. Whether you are a man or woman, don’t forget to ride with your smart phone motorcycle mount in place to keep you ridin’.

Motorcycle Queen of Miami to be honored ~ shared by your smart phone motorcycle mount resource

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Bessie Stringfield was the first Black woman to ride across the U.S. solo. On Friday, June 24, local motorcycle riders will be hosting more than 200 women from across the country to honor the first Black female motorcycle rider from Opa-locka.

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Bessie Stringfield (1911 – February 1993), nicknamed “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami,” was the first Black woman to ride across the United States solo. Motorcyclists will be riding to her last known address in Opa-locka, at Northwest 152nd Street and 24th Avenue, which is now Miami Gardens, between 2-3 p.m. Friday. Then riders will head over to the Clarion Inn & Suites Miami Airport, 5301 NW 36th St., in Miami Springs for a meet and greet with the ladies who made the cross-country journey to South Florida. Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert III is expected to declare June 24 as Bessie Stringfield Day and give the motorcycle riders a proclamation declaration.

During World War II, Stringfield served as a civilian courier for the U.S. Army, carrying documents between domestic army bases. She completed the rigorous training and rode her own blue 61 cubic inch Harley-Davidson. During the four years she worked for the Army, she crossed the United States eight times. She regularly encountered racism during this time, reportedly being deliberately knocked down by a white male in a pickup truck while traveling in the South.

In the 1950s, Stringfield moved to Miami, where at first she was told “nier women are not allowed to ride motorcycles” by the local police. After repeatedly being pulled over and harassed by officers, she visited the police captain. They went to a nearby park to prove her riding abilities. She gained the captain’s approval to ride and didn’t have any more trouble with the police.

Stringfield then founded the Iron Horse Motorcycle Club because of her skill and antics at motorcycle shows. She gained the attention of the local press, leading to the nickname of “The Negro Motorcycle Queen.” This nickname later changed to “The Motorcycle Queen of Miami,” a moniker she carried for the remainder of her life. In 1990, the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) paid tribute to Stringfield in their inaugural “Heroes of Harley-Davidson” exhibition, she having owned 27 of their motorcycles. Stringfield died in 1993 at the age of 82 from a heart condition, having kept riding right up until the time of her death.

Stringfield was credited with breaking down barriers for both women and African-American motorcyclists. She was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame, an award bestowed to her by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) for “Superior Achievement by a Female Motorcyclist.”

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