Last year, I wrote about Sarah E. Goode, who was the first black woman to obtain a U.S. patent. This year, let me introduce you to Thomas Jennings, the first black person (or at least the first one recorded in patent office records) to obtain a U.S. patent for his invention, a dry cleaning device called the dry scourer. In a true display of economic empowerment, he used the first money he earned to liberate his family from slavery and support the cause of the abolitionists.
3 thoughts on “The firsts.”
A dry cleaning device huh? Cool!
Yep. He was movin on up!