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Black Inventors & Their Inventions
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Invention Inventor When invented
air conditioning unit Frederick M. Jones July 12, 1949
air ship (dirigible) J.F. Pickering 1892
almanac Benjamin Banneker 1791 approximate date
automatic car coupling for trains Andrew Beard 1897
automatic cutoff switch Granville T. Woods January 1, 1839
automatic fishing device G. Cook May 30, 1899
automatic gear shift Richard Spikes February 28, 1932
automatic lubricating system for railroads and machines Elijah McCoy October 27, 1891
automatic shoe making machine Jan Matzelinger 1883
baby buggy W.H. Richardsopn June 18, 1899
bicycle frame L.R. Johnson October 10, 1899
biscuit cutter Alexander P. Ashbourne November 30, 1875
blood plasma bag, blood bank Charles Drew 1945 approximate date
caps for bottles and jars A.E. Long & A.A Jones 1898
casket lowering device A.C. Richardson November 3, 1894
cellular phone Henry T. Sampson July 6, 1971
chamber commode T. Elkins January 3, 1897
clothes dryer G.T. Sampson June 6, 1862
clothes wringer Ellen Elgin 1880s
combined furrow opener and stalk knocker G.W. Murray April 10, 1894
cotton chopper G.W. Murray June 5, 1894
cultivator and marker G.W. Murray April 10, 1894
curtain rod S.R. Scratton November 30, 1899
curtain rod support William S. Grant August 4, 1896
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
electric railway trolley Elbert R. Robinson 1880s
fire escape bracket C.V. Richey December 28, 1897
fire escape ladder J.W. Winters May 7, 1878
folding bed L.C. Bailey July 18, 1899
folding chair Brody & Surgwar June 11, 1889
fountain pen W.B. Purvis January 7, 1890
fruit press Madeline M. Turner 1916
furniture caster O.A. Fisher 1878
galoshes A.L. Rickman 1898
gas mask Garrett A. Morgan October 13, 1914
golf tee G. F. Grant December 12, 1899
guitar Robert F. Flemming, Jr. March 3, 1886
hair brush Lydia O. Newman November 15, 18?
heating furnace Alice Parker 1918
hand stamp Walter B. Purvis February 27, 1897
horse shoe J. Ricks March 30, 1885
ice cream Augustus Jackson 1832
ice cream scooper A.L. Cralle February 2, 1897
improved sugar making Norbet Rillieux December 10, 1887
insect destroyer gun A.C. Richard January 9, 1894
ironing board Sarah Boone August 19, 1884
key chain F.J. Loudin May 19, 1889
lantern Michael C. Harvey December 8, 1893
lawn mower L.A. Burr July 23, 18?
lawn sprinkler J.S. Smith May 4, 1897
lemon squeezer J. Thomas White November 15, 1895
lock W.A. Martin 1887
lunch pail James Robinson June 11, 1893
mail box Paul L. Downing June 27, 1893
mop Thomas W. Stewart June 11, 1893
motor Frederick M. Jones June 27, 1939
multiplex telegraph system (allowed messages to be sent and received from moving trains) Granville T. Woods 1887
peanut butter George Washington Carver 1896
pencil sharpener J.L. Love November 23, 1897
planter G.W. Murray April 10, 1894
railway air brakes (first safe method of stopping trains) Granville T. Woods 1903
range oven Thomas Carrington 1876
record player arm Joseph Hunger Dickenson January 8, 1819
refining of coconut oil A.P. Abourne July 27, 1980
refrigerator John Standard June 14, 1891
riding saddles W.D. Davis October 6, 1895
rolling pin John W. Reed 1864
shampoo headrest C.O. Baliff October 11, 1898
small pox inoculation (he brought this method from Africa where advanced medical practices were in use long before Europeans had any medical knowledge) Onesimus 1721
spark plug Edmond Berger February 2, 1839
spring seat for chairs A. B. Blackburn April 3, 1888
steam boiler/radiator Granville T. Woods 1884
stethoscope Imhotep Ancient Egypt
stove T.A. Carrington July 25, 1876
straightening comb Madame C.J. Walker 1905 approximate date
street sweeper Charles B. Brooks March 17, 1890
pastry fork Anna M. Mangin March 1, 1892
pencil sharpener J.L. Love November 23, 1897
phone transmitter Granville T. Woods December 2, 1884
portable fire escape D. McCree November 11, 1890
thermostat control Frederick M. Jones February 23, 1960
toilet T. Elkins 1897
traffic light Garrett A. Morgan November 20, 1923
two cycle gasoline engine Frederick  M. Jones November 28, 1950
tricycle M.A. Cherry May 6, 1886
trolley car Granville  T. Woods 1888
typewriter Burridge & Marshman April 7, 1885
window cleaner A.L. Lewis 1892