Somewhere between myth, memory and motorcycles, Bessie B. Stringfield was there.
In the 1950s, when women were relegated to housework, either in marriage or as domestics, Stringfield was married several times and worked as a maid yet revved and roared through Floridaís palm-tree-lined streets on her Harley-Davidson, earning the unofficial title of "Motorcycle Queen of Miami."
Her legend was big enough to warrant a posthumous induction into the Hall of Fame of the American Motorcyclist Association in 2002, nearly a decade after her 1993 death.
Hundreds of women motorcyclists make an annual cross-country trek in her honor.
Sharing a little history with you this week.