Reflecting on inventors and inventions of African Americans in history

There is a place to go when you want to know more about African Americans/Black inventors and their inventions. It is called the Museum of Black Inventions and Innovations, which boldly adheres to: Thy word is a Lamp.

The Museum of Black Inventions and Innovations (MBII) is a New York City based museum was founded over 17 years ago in Massachusetts. After 2 years of presenting in New England, our base moved to New York and the tour went national. The museum has created 4 touring exhibits to remedy public ignorance about Black, Latino and Native American inventors, achievers, pioneers and scientists. These exhibits appear at various venues throughout North America. Some of the locales include; cultural expos, professional conventions and educational conferences. Learning institutions (schools) and community organizations are among the most significant places showcased. These exhibits also conduct national college tours annually. Our flagship presentation, most noted and acclaimed is, “The Black Inventions Exhibit” (BIE). During the last 7 years BIE has been touring internationally. This multimedia presentation has over 150 authentic inventions by Blacks from the past and the present. It includes patent designs, personal letters, rare photos, motivational posters, and video documentaries of brilliant Black inventors & scientists.

The mission of the organization states: “Our mission is to develop racial pride, promote racial understanding, and provide a new motivation for learning. To collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret cultural materials which illustrate the achievements and history of African Americans, Africans, Native Americans and Latinos in America and the world.”

The Black Inventions Exhibit is located at 593 Vanderbilt Ave., suite 252 in Brooklyn, NY, US,11238. The office hours are: Monday – Friday from 9 am – 6 pm; Saturday from 8 am – 3 pm; Sunday – Closed. You may make contact by visiting the web-site: or e-mail at You may also follow at Follow / Join us at – Twitter – Facebook – Myspace Flickr – Linkedin – Vox – Bebo – Perfspot – blogger- You tube.

Black Inventors and their Inventions List
air conditioning unit Frederick M. Jones July 12, 1949
almanac Benjamin Banneker Approx 1791
auto cut-off switch Granville T. Woods January 1, 1839
auto fishing devise G. Cook May 30, 1899
automatic gear shift Richard Spikes February 28, 1932
baby buggy W.H. Richardson June 18, 1899
bicycle frame L.R. Johnson October 10, 1899
biscuit cutter A.P. Ashbourne November 30,1875
blood plasma bag Charles Drew Approx. 1945
cellular phone Henry T. Sampson July 6, 1971
chamber commode T. Elkins January 3, 1897
clothes dryer G. T. Sampson June 6, 1862
curtain rod S. R. Scratton November 30, 1889
curtain rod support William S. Grant August 4, 1896
door knob O. Dorsey December 10, 1878
door stop O. Dorsey December 10, 1878
dust pan Lawrence P. Ray August 3, 1897
egg beater Willie Johnson February 5, 1884
electric lampbulb Lewis Latimer March 21, 1882
elevator Alexander Miles October 11, 1867
eye protector P. Johnson November 2, 1880
fire escape ladder J. W. Winters May 7, 1878
fire extinguisher T. Marshall October 26, 1872
folding bed L. C. Bailey July 18, 1899
folding chair Brody & Surgwar June 11, 1889
fountain pen W. B. Purvis January 7, 1890
furniture caster O. A. Fisher 1878
gas mask Garrett Morgan October 13, 1914
golf tee T. Grant December 12, 1899
guitar Robert F. Flemming, Jr. March 3, 1886
hair brush Lydia O. Newman November 15, 18–
hand stamp Walter B. Purvis February 27 1883
horse shoe J. Ricks March 30, 1885
ice cream scooper A. L. Cralle February 2, 1897
improv. sugar making Norbet Rillieux December 10, 1846
insect-destroyer gun A. C. Richard February 28, 1899
ironing board Sarah Boone December 30, 1887
key chain F. J. Loudin January 9, 1894
lantern Michael C. Harvey August 19, 1884
lawn mower L. A. Burr May 19, 1889
lawn sprinkler J. W. Smith May 4, 1897
lemon squeezer J. Thomas White December 8, 1893
lock W. A. Martin July 23, 18–
lubricating cup Ellijah McCoy November 15, 1895
lunch pail James Robinson 1887
mail box Paul L. Downing October 27, 1891
mop Thomas W. Stewart June 11, 1893
motor Frederick M. Jones June 27, 1939
peanut butter George Washington Carver 1896
pencil sharpener J. L. Love November 23, 1897
phone transmitter Granville T. Woods December 2, 1884
record player arm Joseph Hunger Dickenson January 8, 1819
refrigerator J. Standard June 14, 1891
riding saddles W. D. Davis October 6, 1895
rolling pin John W. Reed 1864
shampoo headrest C. O. Bailiff October 11, 1898
spark plug Edmond Berger February 2, 1839
stethoscope Imhotep Ancient Egypt
stove T. A. Carrington July 25, 1876
straightening comb Madam C. J. Walker Approx 1905
street sweeper Charles B. Brooks March 17, 1890
thermostat control Frederick M. Jones February 23, 1960
traffic light Garrett Morgan November 20, 1923
tricycle M. A. Cherry May 6, 1886
typewriter Burridge & Marshman April 7, 1885