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Thomas L. Jennings

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Thomas Jennings (1791–Feb. 12, 1856), a free-born African American and New Yorker who became a leader of the abolitionist movement, made his fortune as the...
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Percy Julian

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African-American chemist Percy Julian was a pioneer in the chemical synthesis of medicinal drugs such as cortisone, steroids, and birth control pills. Born in Alabama...
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Sarah Boone

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Sarah Boone was a 19th century African American dressmaker who was awarded a patent for her improved ironing board. Sarah Boone was an African American...
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Norbert Rillieux

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Norbert Rillieux was a brilliant student of thermodynamics who became famous for devising evaporators for sugar cane, revolutionizing the sugar-refining industry, and easing the labor...
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Lonnie Johnson

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For the past 30 years, kids (and more than a few adults) around the world have busted out their Super Soakers and conquered their neighborhood...
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Otis Boykin

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Otis Boykin was born on August 29, 1920, in Dallas, Texas. He graduated from Fisk College in 1941 and took a job with the Majestic...
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Marie Van Brittan Brown

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African American inventor Marie Van Brittan Brown contributed to a safer society with her invention of the first home security system. Her invention was the...
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Lewis Howard Latimer

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Inventor and engineer Lewis Howard Latimer was born to parents who had fled slavery. Latimer learned the art of mechanical drawing while working at a...
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Evelyn Granville Boyd

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Mathematician Evelyn Granville Boyd was born on May 1, 1924, in Washington, D.C. Her father, William, mainly worked as a custodian and separated from the...
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