EventsAfrican American Inventors

African American Inventors

February 1, 2019
All CRRL Branches


Celebrate African American History month at the CRRL! In February, our branches will be rotating a series of self-guided activities focusing on African American inventors. These inventors have contributed greatly to the fields of science and technology, despite hardships in their personal and professional lives. Grades K-6.

  • January 23 - January 27
  • January 30 - February 3
  •  February 6 - February 10
  •  February 13 - February 17
  •  February 20 - February 28

A different inventor and invention will be featured each week, and may include:

  • Sarah Boone: Improved the ironing board
  • Philip Downing: Letter (postal) box
    • Dr. Charles Richard Drew: Blood preservation
    • John Lee Love: Portable pencil sharpener
      • Jan Ernst Matzeliger: Shoe lasting machine
      • Garrett Morgan: Automatic traffic light
      • William Purvis: Self-inking stamp
      • Lloyd Ray: Long-handled dustpan

      Find out more about these inventors through the CRRL’s Online Databases: Biography in Context, Encyclopedia Britannica Kids, or Kids InfoBits.

      African American History Month
      Suitable for:
      Elementary-School Kids
      History & Culture

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