LIST OF KNOWN AFRICAN-AMERICAN INVENTORS 1845-1980 PDF click here
The following pages respresent a unique and rare collection of African-American inventors and their inventions dating from 1845-1980. This list originates almost entirely (with some exceptions) from the rare list compiled by Mr. Henry Baker in the late 1800s to early 1900s. Mr. Baker was an African-American who worked for the U.S. Patent Office during these early years.
During this time African-Americans had little to no rights which obviously made entering into contractual and legal agreements very difficult if not impossible. More than enough laws prevented early African-Americans from participating in most legal processes; especially those of contest against white persons concerning ownership, legal rights to their inventions and those who were fortunate enough to obtain invention patents for example, were seldom recognized. Many slaves who were inventors automatically lost rights to their inventions to their slave master.
Henry Baker took it upon himself to make sure that African-Americans who were awarded patents by the United States Government would be “unofficially documented. this was a very unique and important decision since the U.S. Patent office has never recorded or racial identity or patent applications. To accomplish this Henry Baker made a mark (only recognizable by him) on the forms of known African-American compiled one of the most important records in African-American history. These documents have become known as “The Henry Baker Papers.” Without them we would never know the magnitude of the African-American contribution to society and the world.
Thank You Mr. Henry Baker.
The List that follows is alphabetized by the inventor’s name.
For more information on African-American inventions and inventors visit us at:
– Henry Baker – Inventor – inventors
– African American Inventors List
– African American Inventors – Black Inventors – Black Inventors List