William J. Powell (right) purchased his first plane, a Curtiss JN-4 Jennie for the newly organized Bessie Coleman Aero Club (circa 1931), and on Labor Day the flying club sponsored the first all-black air show in the United States, attracting some 15,000 spectators.
Image Number: NASM 9A00624
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