Historic Innovators: 9 Great African-American Women Inventors

February 7, 2013  |  
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The first African-American woman to receive a patent, Sarah Goode, was born a slave in 1850. At the end of the Civil War, she moved to Chicago and founded her own furniture store. It was her customers’ complaints, voicing that they didn’t have sufficient room in their homes to fit more furniture inside, that inspired Goode to create a folding bed. The made served as a desk when folded and as a bed when unfolded. Goode was granted a patent for her invention on July 14,1885.

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