Noisette: First African American Airline Stewardess by peggyclem | Sep 2, 2011 | News | 5 comments Breaking Down Barriers Patricia Banks Edmiston,descendant of Benjamin and Anna Noisette, abt. 1810, Charleston, sc. 5 Comments Joseph R. Howard on September 5, 2011 at 12:09 am A very inspiring story and message . You were a pioneer Patricia . Your story makes me very proud of your achievements. I am one of your cousins from South Carolina . I am well aware of the sort of decrimination you faced. You fought the battle and won. I will pass your story on to younger members in our family . Thanks to your victory and the victories of many of our people . Our country is a better place because of unsung heros as yourself. ALP on September 26, 2011 at 6:03 pm Ms. Edmiston: Your story lifted my spirit. Last night I was watching Pan Am. It made me rather sad and I turned it off. You see, when I graduated from college in the ’60s, I wanted very much to become a stewardess, as they were then called. I interviewed for a now defunct airline and was told that I would have to gain weight in order to be considered. I could not gain the weight. In any case, it was probably just a convenient excuse. Looking back, the job would not have been the best choice for me. But still, an unfulfilled dream is a sad remembrance. But your story, and others I have found, remind me of the courage and determination it took to break down barriers. Thank you for sharing it with us. Connis Kimball on June 15, 2013 at 2:43 am Was so glad to hear of your history of an airline stewardess, I to have a hisory like yours. I was the first African American in 1966, to be from the stayed of Alabama. I am from Birmingham, Ala. My home base was Atlanta, Ga. I would like to speak with you sometime. Please chrck out Southern Airways, Inc website to see my picture. Connis Chandler Kimball peggyclem on October 10, 2013 at 9:05 pm Thank you very much. We have a rich and beautiful legacy to pass down to our children. Berdier Y Barbary on March 17, 2015 at 1:19 pm This story swelled my heart with pride and admiration, thank you cousin for your tenacious and determined spirit. Now you are officially my new shero. What a great legacy and story to share with my grandchildren! Submit a Comment Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.