Most Valuable Patents: Black Inventors & Their Inventions

 

 

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Automatic cut-off switch

Granville T. Woods

January 1, 1839


auto fishing device1

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Automatic fishing device

George Cook

May 30, 1899


auto gear shift

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Automatic gear shift

Richard Spikes

December 6, 1932


automatic shoe

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Automatic shoe-making machine

Jan Matzeliger

March 20, 1883


bike frame

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Bicycle frame

L.R. Johnson

October 10, 1899


biscuit cutter

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Biscuit cutter

Alexander P. Ashbourne

November 30, 1875


casket lowering device

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Casket lowering device

Albert Richardson

November 13, 1894


chamber commode

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Chamber commode

Thomas Elkins

January 9, 1872


clothes dryer

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Clothes dryer

George T. Sampson

June 7, 1892


curtain rod 1

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Curtain rod support

William S. Grant

August 4, 1896


door knob

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Door knob

Osborne Dorsey

December 10, 1878


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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Dust pan

Lloyd P. Ray

August 3, 1897


egg beater

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Egg beater

Willie Johnson

February 5, 1884


electric lamp bulb

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Electric lamp

Lewis Latimer

September 13, 1881


elevator

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Elevator

Alexander Miles

October 11, 1887


eye protector

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Eye Protector

Powell Johnson

November 2, 1880


fire excape ladder

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Fire escape ladder

Joseph Winters

May 7, 1878


FOLDING BED

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Folding bed

Leonard C. Bailey

July 18, 1899


fountain pen

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Fountain pen

William B. Purvis

January 7, 1890


furniture casters

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Furniture caster

David A. Fisher

March 14, 1876


cellular device

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Gamma electric cell

Henry T. Sampson

July 6, 1971


gas-burner

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Gas burner

Benjamin F. Jackson

May 30, 1911


Gas Mask

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Gas mask

Garrett Morgan

October 13, 1914


golf-tee

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Golf tee

George Grant

December 12, 1899


guitar

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Guitar

Robert F. Flemmings Jr.

March 30, 1886


hand stamp

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Hand stamp

Walter B. Purvis

February 27, 1883


Madame-CJ-Walker-system

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Hair care products

Madam C.J. Walker

1906


home-security-systems

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Home Security system

Marie Brown

December 2, 1969


ice_cream_scoop

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Ice cream scooper

Alfred L. Cralle

February 2, 1897


insect destroyer

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Insect-destroyer

A. C. Richardson

February 28, 1899


iron board

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Ironing board

Sarah Boone

April 26, 1892


lemon-squeezer

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Lemon squeezer

John White

December 8, 1896


Lubricating cup

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Lubricating cup

Elijah McCoy

November 15, 1898


mailbox

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Mail box

Philip Downing

October 27, 1891


mop on wooden floor

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Mop

Thomas W. Stewart

June 11, 1893


pencil sharpener

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Pencil sharpener

John L. Love

November 23, 1897


refrigerator

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Refrigerator

J. Standard

June 14, 1891


ridding saddle

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Riding saddles

William D. Davis

October 6, 1896


shamopp headrest

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Shampoo headrest

Charles O. Bailiff

October 11, 1898


street sweeper

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Street sweeper

Charles B. Brooks

April 21, 1896


traffic-light-

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Traffic light

Garrett Morgan

November 20, 1923


remote2

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Programmable remote

Joseph N. Jackson

October 14, 1980


super_soaker

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Super soaker

Lonnie Johnson

1989


window cleaner

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Window cleaner

Anthony L. Lewis

September 27, 1892


wrench

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Wrench

Joseph J. Johnson

August 26, 1924