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I was pulling information for my Surname study when I came across an outstanding idea for a project.  The page which was contained within a genealogy company called ThoughtCo.

These 10 innovators are just a few of the many Black Americans who have made important contributions to business, industry, medicine, and technology.  One of these innovators started life out as a slave.

I have always felt that for far too long life cheated the African American people by concealing how successful many of their ancestors had been.

The article told something about each man.

10 Important Black Inventors in U.S. History

1.  Madame C.J. Walker (Dec. 23, 1867-May 25, 1919)

2.  George Washington Carver (1861-Jan. 5, 1943)

3.  Lonnie Johnson (Born Oct. 6, 1949)

4.  George Edward Alcorn, Jr. (Born March 22, 1940)

5. Benjamin Banneker (Nov. 9, 1731-Oct. 9, 1806)

6.  Charles Drew (June 3, 1904-April 1, 1950)

7. Thomas L. Jennings (1791 - Feb. 12, 1856)

8.  Elijah McCoy (May 2, 1844-Oct. 10, 1929)

9.  Garrett Morgan (March 4, 1877-July 27, 1963)

10. James Edward Maceo West (Born Feb. 10, 1931)



Here is the link for further information on each of the individuals contributions to the world:


asked in Requests for Project Volunteers by Taylor Worthington-Gilchrist G2G6 Mach 6 (67.8k points)
recategorized by Lynda Crackett

Sounds like a good subproject for Notables.

There are a few more I can add to the list as well:

  • Lewis Howard Latimer (1848-1928)
  • Frederick McKinley Jones (1893-1961) 
  • Granville Woods (1856-1910)
  • Jan Ernst Matzeliger (1852-1889)
  • Alexander Miles (1838-1918)
  • Marie Van Brittan Brown (1922-1999)
  • Sarah Boone (1832-1904)
  • Robert Rillieux (1806-1894)
  • Joseph Winters (1816-1916)

I am sure the list could go on for ages. If this is setup as a new project , I would be willing to help.


I totally agree!

As I have been doing so much research on Germany I have been amazed at home many successful individuals are German.  I know there is a project for many countries.  If they haven't already done so, possibly they could eventually include famous people for the countries.  Not movie stars, but individuals who have made a significant contribution to the USA and or the world.

I have to get my one name study done they I will be free to help with other things.



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I already started a space for the African-American Project (a sub-project of the History Project) of Inventors and Scientists.  Some of these people are already identified, but I'll add your suggestions and set up an "event."  African-American genealogy is very much neglected.  Last month we connected a number of notable African-Americans to the global tree for Black History Month!

answered by Lucy Selvaggio-Diaz G2G6 Pilot (240k points)

What your doing is great!

I read an article years ago and had forgotten about it until I saw this page of African American inventors and scientists.  The article had said that all portraits of successful African Americans were removed and hidden to down play the potential of African Americans.

I am so thrilled to see everything is coming out into the open.


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