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3 Things You Didn't Know A Black Woman Invented Part 3

Updated: Feb 25

This is the finale of the Wallway Technologies, Black History Month Tech series (#BHMTech). This month we wanted to highlight a series of black women who've created inventions in the tech industry. Like, comment, and share with your friends!

INVENTOR #7: Sarah E. Goode

The "Folding" Cabinet Bed

This is an image of Ms. Sarah E. Goode (1855-1905). She was the first African-American woman to ever receive a patent in the United States and the inventor of the cabinet bed. Ms. Goodman was born a slave in Toledo, Ohio, and would later receive her freedom after the civil war.

Later in life Ms. Goode moved to Chicago with her husband, Archibald, had 6 children, and became an entrepreneur by making and selling furniture. In 1885 Goode Received a patent for the folding "Cabinet Bed" (patent picture below). During the day her clients could use the Cabinet bed as a desk and at night it would unfold into a full bed for customers to sleep on. In 1855, Goode was awarded a patent for the invention becoming the first African-American woman to do so.

Official patent drawings from Google Patents Search Engine, 1885

INVENTOR #8: Dawn Dickson-Akpoghene

Vending Kiosk (Smart Vending Machines)

Photo from popcom.shop