Did you know there are over 120 inventions by Black people that all humans use, experience, eat, drink, or enjoy around the world today? With George Washington Carver with 300 plus inventions and others, the numbers are so much more impressive.

The Modern Toilet

According to the Brookings Institute, of the 50,000 total patents, Black people accounted for more inventions during this period than immigrants from every country except England and Germany. From 1870 to 1940, Black people living in the North were eight times more likely to be awarded a patent than Black people living in the South. In their database, 87% of inventions were traced to people born in the United States, and 2.7% of the U.S. total were invented by Black Americans, It is estimated that Black people accounted for just under 50,000 total patents during this period.

The guitar

To highlight some of the major inventions, here is a list of forty:

  1. Folding Bed Cabinet (1885) Sarah Goode
  2. The Potato Chip George Crum
  3. Gas Mask and the Traffic Light Garrett Morgan
  4. Protective Mailbox Phillip B. Downing
  5. Blood Bank Dr. Charles Drew
  6. Home Security System –
  7. Refrigerated Trucks, Frederick McKinley Jones
  8. Automatic Elevator Doors, Alexander Miles
  9. Color IBM PC Monitor & the Gigahertz Chip, Dr. James West
  10. Supersoaker, Lonnie Johnson
  11. Tissue Holder, Mary Davidson
  12. Automatic Gear Shift, Richard Spikes
  13. Clothes Dryer, George T. Sampson
  14. Dustpan, Lloyd P. Ray
  15. Folding Chair, John Purdy
  16. Golf Tees, Dr. George Gant
  17. Ice Cream Scooper, Alfred L. Cralle
  18. Lawnmower, John Albert Burr
  19. Lawn Sprinkler, Joseph A. Smith
  20. Modern Toilet, Thomas Elkins
  21. The Mop, Thomas W. Stewart
  22. Reversible Baby Stroller, William Richardson
  23. Street Sweepers, C.B. Brooks
  24. Horseshoe, Oscar E. Brown
  25. Horse Bridle Bit, L.F. Brown
  26. Train Alarm, R.A. Butler
  27. Disposable Syringe, Phil Brooks
  28. Torpedo Discharger, H. Bradberry
  29. Printing Press, W.A. Lavalette
  30. Pressure Cooker, Maurice W. Lee
  31. Window Cleaner, A.L. Lewis
  32. Portable Pencil Sharpener, John L. Love
  33. Fire Extinguisher, Tom J. Marshal
  34. Hairbrush, Lyda Newman
  35. Heating Furnace — Alice H. Parker
  36. Blimp — J.F. Pickering
  37. Hand Stamp — W.B. Purvis
  38. Fountain Pen — W.B. Purvis
  39. Cellular Phone — Henry Sampson
  40. Guitar — Robert Flemming Jr.

We were so very proud when we listed these inventors, we could not stop. To read a full list of inventors, please log on to 120 things you probably didn’t know were created by Black inventors | Venture (dailyhive.com)

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