Black History Month: Inventors

by: Randi M.

In honor of Black History Month, here are a couple of Black inventors that continue to impact our lives today.

Norbert Rillieux, 1806-1894,  developed the evaporating pan for refining sugar. This patent improved the speed and safety of refining sugar, and it is still used in the industry today.

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Granville T. Woods, 1856-1910, invented the telegraph that allowed traveling trains to communicate with one another and the train stations.

Garrett Augustus Morgan, 1877-1963, invented the gas mask used by soldiers in World War I. He is most famous for his invention of the traffic light.

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Frederick McKinley Jones, 1892-1961, invented the first automatic refrigerator for long-haul trucks.

David Crosthwait, Jr., 1898-1976, designed the heating system for Radio City Music Hall.

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Patricia Bath, 1942 – Present, is best known for her invention of the Laserphaco Probe, and it is used for treatment of cataracts.

Madam C.J. Walker, 1867-1919, is known for her invention of hair care products for African-American.

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Lonnie G. Johnson, 1949 – Present, invented the Super Soaker.




  1. Thanks for all the black history month facts.
    And thanks for including Madam C. J. Walker.
    Just wanted to let you know that she did NOT invent the hot comb, though I know many people still believe this myth. Instead she created a system of hair care with products for black women. (The hot comb was sold by Sears and Bloomingdales as early as 1890s when it appeared in their catalogues and when Madam Walker was still a washerwoman in St. Louis.) I hope you’ll visit our website at to learn about some of the accomplishments of this very inspiring entrepreneur, philanthropist and political activist who was a pioneer of the modern hair care industry and the first self-made American woman millionaire.
    A’Lelia Bundles
    Madam Walker’s biographer and great-great-granddaughter

    • Thank you for this information. It is good to get the true facts about our history. We appreciate your comment.


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