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AFRICAN-AMERICAN INVENTORS


Granville T. Woods was known as "the black Thomas Edison" for his many inventions. Example: his 1889 automatic cutoff switch, an ancestor of the circuit breaker. In honor of Black History Month, the website of home improvement retailer Lowe’s paid tribute to Woods and other African Americans who invented or helped develop items found in its stores. Some of them, with the year of patent:


Lewis Howard Latimer: carbon filament for light bulbs 1881


Sarah Boone: curved ironing board for sleeves 1892


T. J. Marshall: fire extinguisher, 1872


George T. Sampson: clothes dryer 1892


John Stanard: refrigerator 1891


Joseph H. Smith: lawn sprinkler 1897


George Washington Carver: paints and stains made of soybeans 1920s


SOURCE: PR Newswire from Christian Science Monitor, February 8, 2002.

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