Brace Yourself For This Long List of Black Inventors

Happy Black History Month!!!!!!

Here’s a list of black inventors and their inventions:

Bessie Blount Griffin (1914-2009)

Patented a device allowing amputees to feed themselves

Garrett Morgan (1877–1963)

Hair-straightening products, a breathing device, a revamped sewing machine and an improved traffic signal

Sarah Boone (c. 1870–1900)

 Ironing board

Alexander Miles (1830s-1918)

Automatic elevator doors

Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928)

Light bulb and the telephone (longer lasting, less expensive)

George Washington Carver (c. 1864–1943)

Scientific Agriculture practices-the many uses of peanuts

Marjorie Joyner (1896-1994)

A”permanent wave” hair machine (flat iorn/curlers)

Elijah McCoy (1844–1929)

Lubrication devices used to make train traveling more efficient

Alfred L. Cralle (1866-1920)

Ice cream scooper

Madam C. J. Walker (1867–1919)

Hair products for African-American hair & the first American women to become a self-made millionaire

Lonnie Johnson (1949–)

Super Soaker water gun

Samuel R. Scottron (1843-1905)

Adjustable mirrors

Granville Woods (1856–1910)

“Black Edison” contributed to the development of the telephone, street car and more

Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806)

Self-educated mathematician, astronomer, compiler of almanacs and writer

James Edward Maceo West (1931–)

Electret transducer technology  used in microphones

Benjamin Bradley (1830-1897)

Steam engines for a war ship

Frederick McKinley Jones (1893–1961)

Refrigeration equipment used to transport food and blood during World War II.

Jan Ernst Matzeliger (1852–1889)

The shoe lasting machine (making footwear more affordable)

Otis Boykin(1920–1982)

A wire precision resistor and a control unit for the pacemaker

Percy Lavon Julian (1899–1975)

The chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs such as cortisone, steroids and birth control pills

Sarah E. Goode (1850–1905)

The first African-American woman to receive a United States patent

Thomas L. Jennings (1791-1859)

The first African American to hold a U.S. patent-dry cleaning

Henry Blair (1807–1860)

The second African American to hold a United States patent

George Robert Carruthers (1939–)

Ultraviolet cameras

David Nelson Crosthwait Jr. (1898–1976)

heating and air conditioning

Andrew Jackson Beard

“The ‘Jenny Coupler’- automatically joined cars by simply allowing them to bump into each other, or as Beard described it the “horizontal jaws engage each other to connect the cars.”

Norbert Rillieux(1806-1894)

Multiple-effect vacuum evaporator, revolutionizing the processing of sugar

Lewis Temple (1800-1854)

Whaling harpoon, known as “Temple’s Toggle” and “Temple’s Iron” becoming the standard harpoon of the whaling industry

Emmett Chappelle (1925-?)

“the detection of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), an important compound in all living organisms.  Through the patented method he developed, exobiologists are able to more speedily detect bacteria outside the earth’s atmosphere.  The presence of bacteria is considered strong evidence for extraterrestrial life…”

Ben Montgomery

A propeller that could cut into the water at different angles, thus allowing the boat to navigate more easily though shallow water

Marie Van Brittan Brown (1922-1999)

A system for a motorized camera to show images on a monitor (home security)

Lloyd Hall (1894-1971)

Meat curing products, seasonings, emulsions, bakery products, antioxidants, protein hydrolysates, and many other products that keep our food fresh and flavorable

Lyda D. Newman (1885-?)

An improved hairbrush design

John Parker (1827-1900)

The Ripley Foundry and Machine Company, manufacturing slide valve engines and reapers

Janet Emerson Bashen (1957-)

A private consulting group that investigates Equal Employment Opportunity complaints Janet is the first African American woman in the United States to hold a software patent.


Don’t forget to use the Umbra Search engine for all African American history inquiries. #HappyBlackHistoryMonth #HappyBlackHistoryYEAR


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