Great Black Inventors

Throughout history black men and women have contributed to many inventions. When I was in school I always heard about white inventors.They only mentioned George Washington Carver that invented peanut butter. Well,we contributed a lot more than that. It gave the impression that black people were only slaves working for white slave owners. As though we contributed nothing to American society. But the reality is that despite being enslaved and marginalized we still beat the odds. White culture tries to gloss over our contributions.Did you know an African American man named Lewis Latimer who worked with Thomas Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell drew up the plans for Bell’s first telephone? If you did, you are probably among a fortunate few who possess such knowledge. It is a fact that has not been well publicized.There are countless inventions by black people and they cover everything from food processing to electrical technology. The inventions by blacks point out the contributions that we have made to the comfort and advancement of all people.We deserve our props!

The following are some of the inventions invented by African Americans:

African American Inventors Invention Inventor Date Invention Inventor Date
Air-Conditioning Unit Frederick M. Jones July 12, 1949
Ice Cream Scoop A. L. Cralle Feb. 2, 1897
Almanac Benjamin Banneker Approx. 1791
Insect-Destroyer Gun A. C. Richard Feb. 28, 1899
Automatic Cut-Off Switch Granville T. Woods Jan. 1, 1889
Ironing Board Sarah Boone Dec, 30, 1887
Automatic Fishing Device G Cook May 30, 1899
Key Chain F. J. Loudin Jan. 9, 1894
Automatic Gear Shift Richard B. Spikes Feb. 6, 1932
Lawn Mower J. A. Burr May 19, 1889
Blood Plasma Bag Charles Drew Approx. 1945
Lawn Sprinkler J. W. Smith May 4, 1897
Biscuit Cutter A. P. Ashbourne Nov. 30, 1875
Lemon Squeezer J. Thomas White Dec. 8, 1896
Bicycle Frame I. R. Johnson Oct. 10, 1899
Lock W. A. Martin July 23, 1889
Baby Buggy W. H. Richardson June 18, 1899
Latern Michael C. Harvey Aug. 19, 1884
Cellular Car Phone Henry T. Sampson July 6, 1971
Lubricating Cup Elijah McCoy Nov. 15, 1898
Chamber Commode T. Elkin Jan. 8, 1897
Lunch Pail James Robinson 1887
Clothes Dryer G. T. Sampson June 6, 1892
Mail Box Paul B. Downing Oct. 27, 1939
Curtain Rod S. C. Scratton Nov. 30 1889
Mop Thomas B. Stewart June 11, 1893
Curtain Rod Supporter William S. Grant Aug. 4, 1896
Motor Fredrick M. Jones June 27, 1939
Door Knob O. Dorsey Dec. 10, 1878
Peanut Butter George Washington Carver 1896
Door Stop O. Dorsey Dec. 10, 1878
Pencil Sharpener J. L. Love Nov. 23, 1897
Dust Pan Lawrence P. Ray Aug. 3, 1897
Record Player Arm Joseph Hunger Dickinson Jan. 8, 1918
Egg Beater Willie Johnson Feb. 5, 1884
Refrigerator J. Standard July 14,1891
Elevator Alexander Miles Oct. 11, 1867
Riding Saddles W. D. Davis Oct. 6, 1896
Electric Lamp/Bulb Lewis Latimer Mar. 21, 1882
Rooling Pen John W. Reed 1884
Eye Protector P. Johnson Nov. 2, 1880
Shampoo Headrest C. O. Bailiff Oct. 11, 1898
Fire Escape Ladder J. W. Winters May 7, 1878
Spark Plug Edmond Berger Feb. 2, 1830
Fire Extinguisher T. J. Marshall Oct. 26, 1872
Straightening Comb Madam C. J. Walker Approx. 1905
Folding Bed L. C. Bailey July 18, 1889
Stethoscope Imhotep Ancient Egypt
Folding Chair Brody & Surgwar June 11, 1889
Street Sweeper Charles B. Brooks Mar. 17, 1890
Fountain Pen W. B. Purvis Jan. 7, 1890
Stove T. A. Carrington July 25, 1876
Furniture Caster D. A. Fisher Mar. 14, 1876
Sugar Making Improvement Norbet Rillieux Dec. 10, 1846
Gas Mask Garrett Morgan Oct. 13, 1914
Telephone Transmitter Granvill T. Woods Dec. 2, 1884
Golf Tee T. Grant Dec. 12, 1899
Thermostat Control Frederick M. Jones Feb. 23, 1960
Guitar Robert F. Flemming, Jr. Mar. 3, 1886
Traffic Light Garrett Morgan Nov, 20, 1923
Hair Brush Lydia D. Newman Nov. 15, 1898
Tricycle M. A. Cherry May 8, 1888
Typewriter Burridge & Marshman Apr. 7, 1885
Ice Cream Augustus Jackson
Corn Harvester Henry Blair
Striking Clock Benjamin Banneker 1761
Railway Signal A. B. Blackburn
Gas Heater and Clothes Dryer B. F. Jackson
Machine for making paper bags William B. Purvis
Potato Chip Huram S. Thomas

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