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Inventions By Black Inventors

Major contributions from black inventors that we can't live without.

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    Dr. Betty Harris created a test to identity the sensitivity of explosives in a field environment.
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    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons Elijah Mccoy invented oil dripping cups for trains.
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    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons - Granville T. Woods invented the train station communication system. This image is public domain - {{PD-old}} – for works in the public domain because their copyright has expired. This applies to the European Union and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years.
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    Photo Credit: Getty - Patricia Bath, M.D. invented a method of eye surgery that used a laser to remove cataracts to make the procedure more accurate.
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    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons - Henry Blair created the seed planter and received the patent for it on October 14, 1834.
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    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons - Jan Ernst Matzeliger invented a shoe-lasting machine that could quickly put together shoes. Before this invention, putting together shoes was a slow process that was only accomplished by skilled shoe-makers. This image is public domain - {{PD-old}} – for works in the public domain because their copyright has expired. This applies to the European Union and those countries with a copyright term of life of the author plus 70 years.
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    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons - Lewis Latimer created a light bulb carbon filament as a solution to Thomas Edison's paper filament, which burnt out quickly.
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    Henrietta Bradberry - a housewife from Chicago - invented a bed rack for drying clothes. Surprisingly, she also created Torpedo Discharge Means for launching torpedoes underwater, which she received a patent for in 1945.
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    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons - Lonnie Johnson has a history with the Air Force and helping to develop technologies to help patrol the air. However, his most fun invention is the Super Soaker.
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    Natalie R. Love invented the T-Top roof cover.
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    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons - Otis Boykin invented a resistor used in guided missiles. He received a patent for it in 1979.
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    Marie Van Britton Brown received a patent for her Home Security System in 1969.
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    Photo Credit: Wikimedia Commons Garrett Morgan invented the traffic signal and received a patent for it in 1923.
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    Valerie Thomas invented the Illusion Transmitter. She received the patent for this forerunner to modern 3-D technology in 1980.