Black Inventors and Inventions
Soul Food Advice Column
February 28, 2017
A Black History Month Tribute
During the mid to late 1800s, African Americans dominated the catering business. In 1869, they formed the United Public Waiters’ Mutual Beneficial Association to monitor the services of the waiters and of the food services they provided.
In 1871, James Wormley, a Black entrepreneur and experienced caterer and hotel steward, opened the Wormley Hotel. Its dining hall became one of the most fashionable restaurants in the nation’s capital.
In the 1870s, Alexander Ashbourne, a black inventor and former dry goods grocer owner moved to Oakland California where he began a new dry goods enterprise. He became one of that city’s leading Black residents.
In the 1890s, Joseph Lee, who established a thriving catering and restaurant business in Boston considered himself a "bread specialist." He patented a bread-making machine, and a bread-crumbing machine.
OTHER BLACK INVENTORS
FOOD AND HOUSEHOLD INVENTIONS-- INVENTION, INVENTOR, AND YEAR INVENTED
AIR CONDITIONING UNIT, Frederick M.
Jones, July 12, 1949
Biscuit Cutter, A.P. Ashbourne, November 30, 1875
Cellular Phone, Henry T. Sampson, July 6, 1971
REFRIGERATOR , J. Standard, June 14,
CLOTHES DRYER, G.T. Sampson, June 6, 1862
CURTAIN ROD, S.R. Scratton, November
DUST PAN, Lawrence P. Ray, August 3, 1897
EGG BEATER, Willie Johnson, February 5, 1884
PEANUT BUTTER, George Washington
ELECTRIC LIGHT BULB, Lewis Latimer, March 21, 1882
FOLDING BED, L.C. Bailey, July 18,
FOLDING CHAIR, Brody & Surgwar, June 11, 1889
FURNITURE CASTER, O.A. Fisher, 1878
ICE CREAM SCOOPER , A.L. Cralle ,
February 2, 1897
Ironing Board, Sarah Boone, December 30, 1887
MAIL BOX , Paul L. Downing, October
MOP, Thomas W. Stewart, June 11, 1893
There are many more black inventors unfortunately, I can not included them all in this Tribute. Because of these Black Inventors, our lives have been enriched by their creations.
Keep Black History Alive Every Month!
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