Frederick McKinley Jones, A True Genius

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Frederick McKinley Jones is undisputably one of the most important African American inventors ever, holding more than 60 patents in a variety of fields before his death in 1961. Mr. Jones was born in Covington,...

Update: Jack Johnson and The Wrench

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WORLD'S FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN HEAVY WEIGHT CHAMPION AND INVENTOR OF THE WRENCH Jack Johnson was born in Galveston, Texas and spent his teenage life working on boats and city docks. He began boxing at age...

Dr. George F. Grant...Teeing it Up!

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Inventor - "The Golf Tee" Patent #628,920, December 12, 1899Dr. George Franklin Grant was born in Oswego, New York in 1847, and was the son of former slaves. He graduated from Harvard Dental School in...

David N. Crosthwait, Giving 'Em Light

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Designer, Radio City Music Hall Heating System Patent #1,353,457, Apparatus for Returning Water to Boilers David Nelson Crosthwait, Jr. was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1898. He later moved to Missouri, and eventually attended Purdue University,...

Henry Baker...The Man Who Wrote it Down

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Almost everything we know about early African American inventors comes from the dedicated endeavers of Mr. Henry E. Baker, a virtual unknown among African American inventors. Little has been written about Henry, but it is...
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