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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

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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 elevator.

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 canceling machine.

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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