Black Inventors and Inventions
Product Inventor Date
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air conditioning unit Frederick M. Jones July 12, 1949
almanac Benjamin Banneker Approx 1791
auto cut-off switch Granville T. Woods January 1, 1839
auto fishing devise G. Cook May 30, 1899
automatic gear shift Richard Spikes February 28, 1932
baby buggy W.H. Richardson June 18, 1899
bicycle frame L.R. Johnson October 10, 1899
biscuit cutter A.P. Ashbourne November 30, 1875
blood plasma bag Charles Drew Approx. 1945
cellular phone Henry T. Sampson July 6, 1971
chamber commode T. Elkins January 3, 1897
clothes dryer G. T. Sampson June 6, 1862
curtain rod S. R. Scratton November 30, 1889
curtain rod support William S. Grant August 4, 1896
door knob O. Dorsey December 10, 1878
door stop O. Dorsey December 10, 1878
dust pan Lawrence P. Ray August 3, 1897
egg beater Willie Johnson February 5, 1884
electric lampbulb Lewis Latimer March 21, 1882
elevator Alexander Miles October 11, 1867
eye protector P. Johnson November 2, 1880
fire escape ladder J. W. Winters May 7, 1878
fire extinguisher T. Marshall October 26, 1872
folding bed L. C. Bailey July 18, 1899
folding chair Brody & Surgwar June 11, 1889
fountain pen W. B. Purvis January 7, 1890
furniture caster O. A. Fisher 1878
gas mask Garrett Morgan October 13, 1914
golf tee T. Grant December 12, 1899
guitar Robert F. Flemming, Jr. March 3, 1886
hair brush Lydia O. Newman November 15, 18--
hand stamp Walter B. Purvis February 27 1883
horse shoe J. Ricks March 30, 1885
ice cream scooper A. L. Cralle February 2, 1897
improv. sugar making Norbet Rillieux December 10, 1846
insect-destroyer gun A. C. Richard February 28, 1899
ironing board Sarah Boone December 30, 1887
key chain F. J. Loudin January 9, 1894
lantern Michael C. Harvey August 19, 1884
lawn mower L. A. Burr May 19, 1889
lawn sprinkler J. W. Smith May 4, 1897
lemon squeezer J. Thomas White December 8, 1893
lock W. A. Martin July 23, 18--
lubricating cup Ellijah McCoy November 15, 1895
lunch pail James Robinson 1887
mail box Paul L. Downing October 27, 1891
mop Thomas W. Stewart June 11, 1893
motor Frederick M. Jones June 27, 1939
peanut butter George Washington Carver1896
pencil sharpener J. L. Love November 23, 1897
phone transmitter Granville T. Woods December 2, 1884
record player arm Joseph Hunger Dickenson January 8, 1819
refrigerator J. Standard June 14, 1891
riding saddles W. D. Davis October 6, 1895
rolling pin John W. Reed 1864
shampoo headrest C. O. Bailiff October 11, 1898
spark plug Edmond Berger February 2, 1839
stethoscope Imhotep Ancient Egypt
stove T. A. Carrington July 25, 1876
straightening comb Madam C. J. Walker Approx 1905
street sweeper Charles B. Brooks March 17, 1890
thermostat control Frederick M. Jones February 23, 1960
traffic light Garrett Morgan November 20, 1923
tricycle M. A. Cherry May 6, 1886
typewriter Burridge & Marshman April 7, 1885
A World Without Black People
invented by Philip Emeagwali and
described in the book
"History of the Internet."
CNN Called Emeagwali:
A FATHER OF THE INTERNET
for inventing this
This is a story of a little
boy name Theo, who woke up one morning and asked his mother, "Mom, what if
there were no Black people in the world?" Well, his mother thought about
that for a moment, and then said, "Son, follow me around today and let's
just see what it would be like if there were no Black people in the
world." Mom said, "Now go get dressed, and we will get started."
Theo ran to his room to put on his clothes and shoes. His mother took
one look at him and said, "Theo, where are your shoes? And those clothes
are all wrinkled, son. I must iron them." However, when she reached for
the ironing board, it was no longer there.
You see Sarah Boone, a black woman, invented the ironing board, and Jan
E. Matzelinger, a black man, invented the shoe lasting machine.
"Oh well," she said, "please go and do something to your hair." Theo
ran in his room to comb his hair, but the comb was not there. You see,
Walter Sammons, a black man, invented the comb.
Theo decided to just brush his hair, but the brush was gone. You see
Lydia O. Newman, a black female, invented the brush.
Well, this was a sight: no shoes, wrinkled clothes, hair a mess. Even
Mom's hair, without the hair care inventions of Madam C. Walker, well, you
get the picture.
Mom told Theo, "Let's do our chores around the house and then take a
trip to the grocery store." Theo's job was to sweep the floor. He swept
and swept and swept. When he reached for the dustpan, it was not there.
You see, Lloyd P. Ray, a black man, invented the dustpan.
So he swept his pile of dirt over in the corner and left it there. He
then decided to mop the floor, but the mop was gone. You see, Thomas W.
Stewart, a black man, invented the mop. Theo yelled to his Mom, "Mom, I'm
not having any luck."
"Well, son," she said, "Let me finish washing these clothes, and we
will prepare a list for the grocery store." When the wash finished, she
went to place the clothes in the dryer, but it was not there. You see,
George T. Samon, a black man, invented the clothes dryer.
Mom asked Theo to go get a pencil and some paper to prepare their list
for the market. So, Theo ran for the paper and pencil but noticed the
pencil lead was broken. Well, he was out of luck because John Love, a
black man, invented the pencil sharpener.
Mom reached for a pen, but it was not there because William Purvis, a
black man, invented the fountain pen.
As a matter of fact, Lee Burridge invented the typewriting machine and
W. A. Lovette the advanced printing press. Theo and his mother decided
just to head out to the market.
Well, when Theo opened the door, he noticed the grass was as high as he
was tall. You see, John Burr, a black man, invented the lawn mower. They
made their way over to the car and found that it just wouldn't go. You
see, Richard Spikes, a black man, invented the automatic gearshift, and
Joseph Gammel invented the supercharge system for internal combustion
engines. They also noticed that the few cars that were moving were running
into each other and having wrecks because there were no traffic signals.
You see, Garrett A. Morgan, a black man invented the traffic light.
Well, it was getting late, so they walked to the market, got their
groceries, and returned home. Just when they were about to put away the
milk, eggs, and butter, they noticed the refrigerator was gone. You see
John Standard, a black man, invented the refrigerator. So, they just left
the food on the counter.
By this time, Theo noticed he was getting mighty cold. Mom went to turn
up the heat, and what do you know? Alice Parker, a black female, invented
the heating furnace. Even in the summertime, they would have been out of
luck because Frederick Jones, a black man, invented the air conditioner.
It was almost time for Theo's father to arrive home. He usually takes
the bus, but there was no bus, because its precursor was the electric
trolley, invented by another black man, Elbert R. Robinson.
He usually takes the elevator from his office on the 20th floor, but
there was no elevator because Alexander Miles, a black man, invented the
He also usually dropped off the office mail at a near by mailbox, but
it was no longer there because Philip Downing, a black man, invented the
letter drop mailbox, and William Barry invented the postmarking and
Theo and his mother sat at the kitchen table with their heads in their
hands. When the father arrived, he asked, "Why are you sitting in the
dark?" Why? Because Lewis Howard Latimer, a black man, invented the
filament within the light bulb.
Theo quickly learned more about what it would be like if there were no
black people in the world, especially if he were ever sick and needed
blood. Dr. Charles Drew, a black scientist, found a way to preserve and
store blood, which led to his starting the world's first blood bank.
Well, what if a family member had to have heart surgery? This would not
have been possible without Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, a black doctor, who
performed the first open-heart surgery.
So, if you ever wonder, like Theo, where would we be without black
people? Well, it's pretty plain to see. We would still be in the DARK!
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