Author: Reid Creager

Diversity in Innovation: African-Americans’ Impact is Forever Reaching

Noteworthy inventions by African-Americans range from the potato chip to the 1-gigahertz chip. Thomas Jennings didn’t just defy the odds; he worked to change them. The first African-American to be granted a patent, Jennings was born in 1791 a free man during the peak of slavery on the Atlantic Coast. He amassed great wealth as a tailor in the early 1800s despite the fact that the U.S. economy was primarily agricultural during that time. The holder of U.S. Patent No. 3306x—issued on March 3, 1821, for “dry scouring,” a process that we now call dry cleaning—may have had even...

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