announcement

Share facts or photos of intriguing scientific phenomena.

African-American Inventors and Inventions

African-American Inventors and Inventions

If you are searching for some famous African-American inventors and inventions that changed the world, the following article covers some important names that became a symbol of hope for this community.
Batul Nafisa Baxamusa
The African-American community under the slavery rule was denied the right to education. Post Civil War, even the free slaves were renounced education, training, and were abhorred from entering the main stream society. However, many did refute and educated themselves. These educated ones dedicated their lives in making a significant contribution to the society. And with their selfless efforts and inventions, they changed the world's perspective towards them. This simplified the lives of many, not just in America but throughout the world. Enlisted below is a list of some African-American inventors and inventions who made a difference through their talent, energy, and creativity.
List of Inventors and Inventions
Inventions Inventors Inventions Inventors
Biscuit Cutter A.P. Ashbourne Super Soaker Lonnie Johnson
Folding Bed L.C. Bailey Bicycle Frame Issac R. Johnson
Coin Changer James A. Bauer Space Shuttle Retrieval Arm Wm. Harwell
Rotary Engine Andrew J. Beard Airship J.F.Pickering
Radiation Detector Geo. Carruthers Folding Chair Purdgy/Sadgwar
Peanut Butter George W. Carver Hand Stamp W.B. Purvis
Paints & Satins George W. Carver Fountain Pen W.B. Purvis
Printing Press W.A. Lavallette Car Couple Andrew J. Beard
Envelope Seal F.W. Leslie Letter Box G.E. Becket
Laser Fuels Lester Lee Stainless Steel Pads Alfred Benjamin
Pressure Cooker Maurice W. Lee Refrigerator J. Standard
Toilet T. Elkins Mop T.W. Stewart
Furniture Caster David A. Fisher Stairclimbing Wheelchair Rufus J. Weaver
Guitar Robert Flemming ,Jr Torpedo Discharger H. Bradberry
Window Cleaner A.L. Lewis Fire Extinguisher Tom J. Marshal
Corn Planter Henry Blair Lock W.A. Martin
Kitchen Table H.A. Jackson Galvanic Battery Granville T. Woods
Video Commander Joseph N. Jackson Electric Raillway System Granville T. Woods
Remote Controllers Joseph N. Jackson Roller Coaster Granville T. Woods
Sani-Phone Jerry Johnson Cotton Planter Henry Blair
Shoe Lasting Machine Jan Matzeliger Ironing Board Sarah Boone
Lubricators Elijah McCoy Horse Bridle Bit L.F.Brown
Rocket Catapult Hugh MacDonald Horse shoe Oscar E. Brown
Elevator Alexander Miles Pacemaker Otis Boykin
Gas Mask Garrett Morgan Guide Missile Otis Boykin
Traffic Signal Garrett Morgan Lawn Mower John A. Burr
Hair Brush Lyda Newman Typewriter Burridge & Marshman
Heating Furnace Alice H. Paker Train Alarm R.A. Butler
Airship J.F.Pickering Radiation Detector Geo. Carruthers
Folding Chair Purdgy/Sadgwar Peanut Butter George W. Carver
Hand Stamp W.B. Purvis Paints & Satins George W. Carver
Fountain Pen W.B. Purvis Lotion & Soaps George W. Carver
Dust Pan L.P.Ray Automatic Fishing Reel George Cook
Disposable Syringe Phil Brooks Pencil Sharpener John L. Love
Home Security System Marie Brown Insect Destroyer Gun A.C. Richardson
Ice cream Mold A.L. Cralle Baby Buggy W.H. Richardson
Blood Plasma Dr. Charles Drew Sugar Refinement N. Rillieux
Horse Riding Saddle Wm. D. Davis Clothes Dryer G.T. Sampson
Shoe W.A. Detiz Celluar Phone Henry Sampson
Player Piano Joseph Dickinson Pressing Comb Walter Sammons
Arm for Recording Player Joseph Dickinson Curtain Rod S.R. Scottron
Doorstop O. Dorsey Lawn Sprinkler J.W. Smith
Doorknob O. Dorsey Automatic Gearshift R.B. Spikes
Photo Print Wash Clatonia J. Dorticus Urinalysis Machine Dewey Sanderson
Photo Embossing Machine Clatonia J. Dorticus Hydraulic Shock Absorber Ralph Sanderson
Postal Letter Box P.B. Dowing Helicopter Paul E. Williams
Golf Tee George F. Grant Fire Escape Ladder J.B. Winters
Motor J. Gregory Telephone Transmitter Granville T. Woods
Lantern Michael Harney Electric Cutoff Switch Granville T. Woods
Thermo Hair Curlers Soloman Harper Relay Instrument Granville T. Woods
Gas Burner B.F. Jackson Telephone System Granville T. Woods
Air-purification Device Rufus Stokes Foot Power Hammer M. Headen
Umbrella Stand W.C. Carter Luggage Carrier J .W. Butts

There were many constraints on this community back then which refrained them for claiming patents for their work. Yet, braving all odds, the first African-American; a simple tailor in New York City to hold a patent was Thomas Jennings for a dry cleaning process called 'dry scouring'; and became a symbol of hope for many more inventors and inventions.