Patent application image for a Corn and Planting Machine invented by Henry Blair
Patent application image for a Corn and Planting Machine invented by Henry Blair



African American Technological Contributions: Past, Present and Futurerfrom the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) discusses the following Black inventors, among others
  • Benjamin Banneker
  • Thomas L. Jennings
  • Henry Blair
  • Norbert Rillieux
  • Elijah McCoy
  • Garrett Morgan
  • Jan Matzeliger
  • Granville Woods

What Color is My World? The Lost History of African American Inventors, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld (2013)

Black Inventors from Engines of Our Ingenuity, University of Houston

14 Famous African American Inventors from Scholastic
  • Includes Alexander Miles, Lewis Latimer, George Washington Carver, Madame C J Walker

African American Inventors I, National Geographic (January 2011)

In Celebration of Black History from United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Thomas L. Jennings was the first African American man to receive a patent for dry-cleaning process (1821)
  • Judy W. Reed was the first African American woman to receive a patent for a machine kneading and rolling dough (1884)


Benjamin Banneker
Benjamin Banneker


Quill_and_ink.pngBenjamin Banneker (1731-1806) from Brookhaven National Laboratory
Almanac, 1795
Almanac, 1795

Benjamin Banneker Was Born, November 9, 1731 from America's Story, Library of Congress


Benjamin Banneker's Almanac, PBS Africans in America


His Story: A Man of Many Firsts, from the Administrators of the Benjamin Banneker Memorial










Elijah McCoy
Elijah McCoy


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The First Patent of Elijah McCoy, a Turn-of-the-Century Black Inventor

Improvement in Lubricators for Steam-Engines (1872) was Elijah McCoy's first patent





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Quill_and_ink.pngGeorge Washington Carver from State Historical Society of Missouri
Carver National Monument
Carver National Monument


George Washington Carver from National Peanut Board. Dr. Carver researched more than 300 uses of peanuts


George Washington Carver Coloring and Activity Book, U. S. Department of Agriculture




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Quill_and_ink.pngGranville T. Woods from African Americans in the Science, University of California Irvine


Granville T. Woods, Ohio History Central

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Granville T. Woods from Brooklyn Historic Railway Association

Woods invented the third rail for electric railroad cars









Second page of patent for Sarah E. Goode's cabinet bed
Second page of patent for Sarah E. Goode's cabinet bed

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Sarah Elisabeth Goode (1855- 1905)
  • Believed to be the first African American woman to receive a patent (July 14, 1885) for a folding cabinet bed

Inventor Profiles: Sarah E. Goode and Garret Morgan, from Berkshire Museum

Sarah E. Goode from Clara Barton Museum

Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy in Chicago