About Coleman Branch

Neighborhoods Served

  • Woodlawn
  • Hyde Park
  • Greater Grand Crossing


  • Coleman Branch opened March 27, 1993.
  • The branch was named after pioneering pilot Bessie Coleman (1892-1926), the first black woman to fly an airplane and the first African American to earn an international pilot's license.
    • Coleman’s first flying exhibition was in 1922 at Checkerboard Airdrome (now Midway Airport) in Chicago.


  • After School Matters student art: a mural featuring three African American authors from the Woodlawn community, Gwendolyn Brooks, Sam Greenlee and Lorraine Hansberry
  • The Bessie Coleman Collection: a collections of photos donated by the DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Coleman Branch also features artwork funded through the Percent for Art Ordinance administered by the City of Chicago Public Art Program:
    • a painting entitled "Tribute to Black Aviation" by Aaron Truesdell
    • a drawing entitled "Maquette for Bessie Coleman Mural" by Al Price
    • two quilts by Big Mama
    • a quilt by Laverne Brackens
    • a britches quilt by Arbie Williams
    • an ink and acrylic work on paper by Tim Branson