Prolific inventor Richard spikes invented automobile directional signals. He also invented the multi-barrel machine gun, and the beer keg tap- which was purchased by the Milwaukee Brewing Company.
Frederick Douglass was the minister to Haiti. He was appointed by President Harrison, and served from September 1889 to July 1891.
In 1956, Edward L. Harris invented an apparatus that allows for the handling of corrosive acidic substances.
“New York City’s Black population fell by 15 percent in the five years after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act. Many went to Canada, but it was African emigration that attracted the largest attention.” -From, “Slavery In New York”
Jackie Robinson is most well known for his sports achievements. However, the baseball great was also a savvy, pioneering businessman.
Jackie Robinson was one of the investors/founders of the Freedom National Bank, a Black-owned bank that was located in Harlem. Mr Robinson was also the first African-American vice president of a major American corporation (Chock Full O’Nuts). In addition to this, Jackie Robinson was the first African-American TV analyst for major league baseball.
In 1994, Henry Chriss received a patent for his invention of footwear additives which allows footwear to be made out of recycled materials.
Clifton Ingram invented the railroad crossing flag signal, and received a patent for his invention in 1925.
John W. Hunter invented the portable weighing scale. He received a patent for his invention on November 3, 1896.
The sliding skin chair was invented by Earl S. Bell. He invented this apparatus in 2003.
The sliding skin chair has a removable surface, which is referred to as a “skin.” The skin is composed of materials and composition of such resilience that it is able to bear the weight of a load while flexing and moving with the seated person. The skin can also easily be removed from the chair’s frame.
Donald E. Jefferson invented the digital data storage system. He received a patent for his invention on July 18, 1972.