Bessie Dunbar (1911 - 1997)

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Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama

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Jeraldine (Rodgers) Dunbar

Jeraldine (Rodgers) Dunbar

John Dunbar # 2

John Dunbar # 2

John Dunbar

John Dunbar

Ethel Dunbar's Children

Ethel Dunbar's Children

Tracey Dunbar Miner, Florida

Tracey Dunbar Miner, Florida

Possible Dunbar woman?

Possible Dunbar woman?

Johnson-Bower Family Picture

Johnson-Bower Family Picture

Rescued Photo from Antique shop in MI

Rescued Photo from Antique shop in MI

Benjamin A. Dunbar

Benjamin A. Dunbar

Kappa Kappa Gamma, U of Texas

Kappa Kappa Gamma, U of Texas

Clark, Thompson, Seeger Family

Clark, Thompson, Seeger Family

Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Dunbar

Mr. & Mrs. Charles B. Dunbar

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1911 - In the year that Bessie Dunbar was born, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire occurred, one of the deadliest industrial disasters in U.S. history. 146 workers (123 women and 23 men, many of them recent Jewish and Italian immigrants) died from the fire or by jumping to escape the fire and smoke. The garment factory was on the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of a building in Greenwich Village in Manhattan. Doors to stairwells and exits had been locked in order to prevent workers from taking unauthorized breaks and to prevent theft, so they couldn't escape by normal means when the fire broke out. Due to the disaster, legislation was passed to protect sweatshop workers.

1934 - By the time she was 23 years old, on November 11th 1933, an extremely strong dust storm hit South Dakota, stripping topsoil. Other strong dust storms had occurred during 1933. Severe droughts continued to hit the Great Plains and the dust storms devastated agricultural production as well as people's' lives for several years. The Roosevelt administration and scientists eventually determined that farming practices had caused the conditions that led to the dust storms and the changes they implemented in farming stopped the Dust Bowl.

1994 - By the time she was 83 years old, on May 6th, former political prisoner, lawyer, and activist Nelson Mandela was elected the first black President of South Africa. He was 75 when he was elected and he served one five-year term.

1996 - Bessie was 85 years old when on April 3rd, Theodore Kaczynski (nicknamed the Unabomber) was arrested. His mailed or hand-delivered bombs, sent between 1978 and 1995, killed three people and injured 23 others. Diagnosed as suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, Kaczynski is serving 8 life sentences without the possibility of parole.

1997 - In the year of Bessie Dunbar's passing, on August 31st, Princess Diana of Great Britain was killed when her car crashed into a pillar in the tunnel under the Pont de l'Alma bridge in Paris. The car she was riding in was trying to evade the paparazzi but it was also discovered later that the driver of the car, who was also killed, had three times the legal limit of alcohol which likely contributed to the accident.

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Bessie Dunbar passed away on April 20, 1997 at 85 years of age. No cause of death has been listed for Bessie. She was born on December 8, 1911. We have no information about Bessie's surviving family. We know that Bessie Dunbar had been residing in Mobile, Mobile County, Alabama.

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