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Alexander Miles didn’t invent the elevator, but he improved the way it functioned.  He actually created a device that allowed the elevator doors to open and close automatically.  And he patented this design in 1887....

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Virgie M. Ammons was born on December 29, 1908 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. She was a self-employed caretaker and a Muslim woman—but that’s not why she is famous.  Ammons invented the fireplace damper.  It’s a device...

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Alfred L. Cralle invented the ice cream scoop

October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Alfred L. Cralle’s invention will never go out of style.  He created the ice cream scoop in 1897. While working as a porter in Pittsburgh, PA, Cralle noticed that the ice cream he was serving...

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Henry Brown created the first lock boxes

October 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Henry Brown patented a receptacle for storing and preserving papers.  He did it out of a need to store money, valuables and important papers. Once made of wood, Brown created a safer container that was...

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It’s not a secret—Black men and women are some of the most prolific inventors.  Unfortunately, many do not get the exposure that is readily due to them. In this brief video clip, we learn of...

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Many may not recognize Bethann Hardison, but she is the mother of Kadeem Hardison who was famous for playing Dwayne Wayne on the hit television sitcom A Different World. Bethann was also a noted fashion...

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Charles Brooks invented the Street Sweeper

September 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Black man from Newark, New Jersey invented the first ever self-propelled street sweeper truck that was patented on March 17, 1896. His name was Charles B. Brooks. Prior to Brooks’ invention, people would often...

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Lewis Latimer’s inventions were life changing

September 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Lewis Latimer is noted as one of the most 10 important Black inventors of all time.  He was born on September 4, 1848 to runaway slaves. Latimer’s inventions were a great improvement to railroad bathrooms,...

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Norma Merrick Sklarek—do you know her? Sklarek was an African American architect who was the first Black woman to be licensed in architecture in the states of New York and California. Born in 1928, Sklarek’s...

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Dr. George Edward Alcorn, Jr. is famous for inventing the imaging X-ray spectrometer—a device used to identify materials through their visual X-ray spectra. In addition to being a world renowned inventor, he is also an...

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