African-American Inventors

These African-Americans are famous for what they invented. Learn more about their lives.

Benjamin Banneker
This free African-American thrived and became famous in 19th Century America. He published a scientifically accurate annual almanac and designed Washington, D.C.

Garrett Morgan
Garrett Morgan invented two very different and important things: the gas mask and the traffic signal. Find out more about this inventive and successful African-American.

George Washington Carver
This amazing inventor found extraordinary uses for ordinary things, like the peanut. Read his fascinating life story here.

Granville Woods
This inventor earned more than 50 patents. Learn more about his life.

Elijah McCoy
This inventor was so successful at one of his inventions that people took to asking for "the real McCoy."

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