Posted on Tuesday, June 2, 2009
by Denise Richardson
African-American InventorsAfrican Women InventorsInventor Invention Patent DateVirgie M. Ammons Fireplace Damper Sept. 30, 1975Louise H. Andrews Lens Holder Accessory PendingPatricia Bath, M.D. Apparatus for Ablating & Removing Cataract Lenses May 17, 1988Miriam E. Benjamin Gong & Signal Chair for Hotels and the Like July 17, 1888Sarah Boone Ironing Board April 26, 1892Henrietta Bradberry Bed Rack May 25, 1943Torpedo Discharger Means Dec. 11, 1945Marie V. Brittan Brown Home Security System Utilizing Television Surveillance Dec. 2, 1969I.O. Carter Nursury Chair Feb. 9, 1960Joan Clark Medicine Tray April 1, 1987Holder for Bras and Like Aug. 31, 1976Beatrice L. Cowans Embroidered Fruit Bowl April 5, 1977Virginia E. Hall Wall Hanging & KitGertrude Downing Corner Cleaner Attachment April 5, 1977Ellen Elgin Clothes Wringer 1880sCathleen McCoy Garrett Siren/Horn Light Indicator PendingSara E. Goode The Cabinet Bed July 14, 1885Bessie V. Griffin Portable Receptable April 24, 1951Julia Terry Hammons Apparatus for Holding Yarn Skiens Dec. 15, 1896Joanna Hardin Keyboard Stand Feb. 23, 1993Lydia M. Holmes Knockdown Wheeled Toy Nov. 14, 1985Ruane Jeter Digital Toaster April 14, 1987Marjorie S. Joyner Permanent Waving Machine 1928Mary B. Kenner Sanitary Belt May 15, 1956Sanitary Belt with Moistureproof Napkin Pocket April 14, 1959Carrier Attachment for Invalid Walker May 18, 1976Bathroom Tissue Holder Oct. 19, 1982Backwash Mounted on Shower Wall & Bathtub July 29, 1987Mary Kies Weaving Straw with Silk May 5, 1809Anna Mangin Pastry Fork 1892Lyda D. Newman Hair Brush Nov. 15, 1898Natalie R. Love T-top Roof Cover May 5, 1992Alice H. Parker Improvement on the Heating Furnish Dec. 23, 1919Brothella Quick Pocketed Underwear Nov. 17, 1981Carol Randall Ear Clips Nov. 17, 1981Tissue Tote Nov. 20, 1990Judy W. Reed Improvement in Dough Kneader & Roller Sept. 20, 1884Mary J. Reynolds Hoisting/Loading Mechanism April 20, 1920Mildred A. Snow Family Relationship Card Game Oct. 28, 1980Maxine Snowden Rain Hat 1983Theora Stephens Pressing/Curling Iron 1983Valerie Thomas Illusion Transmitter Oct. 21, 1980M. Toland Float-operated Circuit Closer May 4, 1920Madeline M. Turner The Fruit Press 1905Madame C.J. Walker Hair Care Products with Straightening Comb 1905
Honorable Mention—Future InventorsArizonaIrene Dixon Charlotte Oliver
CaliforniaJean Kimpson Loretta H. Hones
Washington, D.C.Debrah AkeweiLelia CrowdersSonja King Sabrina R. MoornorMary Halen Patton Holly ReedAnnette Santiago
FloridaGlenda Broswell-MooreLouise H. AndrewsAngela Atkinson Cheryl PittsGeraldine Pettis Dotty SlaughterCarol Morris
MichiganDeborah Graham Deborah Mallory Jacqueline Smith
MissouriRobin HolmesNew YorkMrs. C. AskewAngela EdmonsDenise GrantLois HenmanEaline Jackson Marilyn JonesDr. Lenora LeachStephanie S. McDanielsCorrine Page Sandy SanderlinDeborah SingletaryAllison WilliamsJackie Young
PennsylvaniaPriscilla James Kathryn Williams Connie Young
TexasBrunetta PearsonVirginiaRoxie E. Johnson Rosa Singleton
Information Source: Black Inventors Museum
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Isn’t always the way women invent useful things like ironing boards and men bombs !Good post Neicy
This world would be a better place if WOMEN were in charge & we returned to the matriarical society like the old days, only better!
This is great...I had no idea that most of these inventions were by African American women. I feel so proud right now.Thanks for that Neicy.
Wonderful presentation of valuable information. I can believe a Sister came up with the ironing board, yes I can!
This is awesome,We were just talking about this atworksweetheart you really put that togetherthankyou for all the infor....when God made a womanman what a packagejust loveing itlove the site
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