Oh Nothing Important. Just A Few Inventions by Black People

I’ve neglected to mention anything about Black History Month. Though we should take the time to learn about the history of people of African descent more than just one month out of the year (which just happens to be the shortest), I think it’s still important to highlight that rich history this time of year.

You learn something new everyday. So here’s a few inventions I recently discovered were created by Black people.

Air Conditioning Unit: Frederick M. Jones; July 12, 1949

Bicycle Frame: L.R. Johnson; October 10, 1899

Cellular Phone: Henry T. Sampson; July 6, 1971

Clothes Dryer: G. T. Sampson; June 6, 1862

Electric Lampbulb: Lewis Latimer; March 21, 1882

Elevator: Alexander Miles; October 11, 1867

Fire Extinguisher: T. Marshall; October 26, 1872

Fountain Pen: W. B. Purvis; January 7, 1890

Gas Mask: Garrett Morgan; October 13, 1914

Guitar: Robert F. Flemming, Jr. March 3, 1886

Insect-destroyer gun: A. C. Richard; February 28, 1899

Lawn Mower: L. A. Burr; May 19, 1889

Motor: Frederick M. Jones; June 27, 1939

Peanut Butter: George Washington Carver; 1896

Refrigerator: J. Standard; June 14, 1891

Stove: T. A. Carrington; July 25, 1876

Toggling Harpoon: Lewis Temple; 1848

Thermostat Control: Frederick M. Jones; February 23, 1960

Typewriter: Burridge & Marshman; April 7, 1885

Traffic Light: Garrett Morgan; November 20, 1923

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