Many black inventors have struggled with hardship, poverty and, in some circumstances, slavery, to prove their genius to the world. The following are but a few of the many inventive and talented members of the black community in the United States.
Many of the entries on this list are derived from the dutiful work of one Mr. Henry Baker who worked for the U.S. Patent Office between the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. At this time, the African-Americans had few rights so Henry wanted to make sure that some, at least, received some form of unofficial recognition for their contributions to society.
This list is not exhaustive but is comprehensive and is in alphabetical order.
McFadden C. This A-Z list details a few hundred of the many talented and ingenious African-American inventors, and their c. Interestingengineering.com. Published July 13, 2018. Accessed April 11, 2021. https://interestingengineering.com/the-a-z-list-of-black-inventors
This list of Black and African inventors have certainly earned their place in history. Let’s take a look at the legacy of these inventors.