List Of African American Inventors

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List Of African American Inventors

How many African American inventors are there? With 50,000 total patents, Black people accounted for more inventions during this period than immigrants from every country except England and Germany.

Who Is An African American Inventors ?

George Washington Carver, Madam C.J. Walker, Lonnie G. Johnson, Garrett Morgan, Patricia Bath, Percy Julian and more are responsible for some of the world’s greatest technological and social advancements.

List Of famous African American inventors

African Americans established a strong history of inventing products and tools in the 18th century. During the 19th century, before and after slavery was abolished, black inventors continued to have a great influence on the United States.

Andrew J. Beard

Andrew Jackson Beard was an African American inventor, who introduced two improvements to the automatic railroad car coupler in 1897 and 1899, and was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio in 2006 for this achievement. 

Henry Blair

Henry Blair was the second African American inventor to receive a US patent. He was born in Glen Ross, Maryland, United States in 1807. His first invention was the Seed-Planter, patented October 14, 1834, which allowed farmers to plant more corn using less labor and in a shorter time.

Solomon Brown

Solomon G. Brown (c. 1829–1906) was the first African American employee at the Smithsonian Institution, serving for fifty-four years from 1852 to 1906. During his time at the Smithsonian, he held many titles and performed many duties in service to the Institution.

Hugh M. Browne

Hugh M. Browne was a civil rights activist and educator. Born June 12, 1851, in Washington D.C. to John and Elizabeth (Wormley) Browne, he is known for his work as the principal of the Institute for Colored Youth and his advocacy for vocational education.

George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver was an American agricultural scientist and inventor who promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil depletion. He was the most prominent black scientist of the early 20th century.

Shelby Davidson

Nationality American Gender Male Occupation inventor. Shelby Davidson was born in Lexington, Kentucky, on May 10, 1868. He graduated from Howard University in 1893 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Davidson went on to practice law, but is most remembered as an inventor.

Lewis Latimer

Lewis Howard Latimer was a inventor and patent draftsman. His inventions included an evaporative air conditioner, an improved process for manufacturing carbon filaments for light bulbs, and an improved toilet system for railroad cars.

Jan Ernst Matzeliger

Jan Ernst Matzeliger was an inventor whose lasting machine brought significant change to the manufacturing of shoes.

George Washington Murray

George Washington Murray, born into slavery in South Carolina, gained education and worked as a teacher, farmer and politician. After serving as chairman of the Sumter County Republican Party, he was elected in the 1890s as a United States congressman from South Carolina.

John Parker (abolitionist)

John P. Parker was an American abolitionist, inventor, iron moulder and industrialist. Parker, who was African American, helped hundreds of slaves to freedom in the Underground Railroad resistance movement based in Ripley, Ohio. He saved and rescued fugitive slaves for nearly fifteen years.

Samuel Scottron

Samuel Raymond Scottron was a prominent African-American inventor from Brooklyn, N.Y. who began his career as a barber. He was born in Philadelphia in 1841. He received his engineering degree from Cooper Union in 1878.

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