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11 Things Invented By Black People That You Didn’t Know About

The Traffic Light, invented by Garrett Morgan

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America’s First Clock, invented by Benjamin Banneker

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The sofa bed, invented by Sarah Goode

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Automated Elevator doors, invented by Alexander Miles


The blimp, invented by John Pickering

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Clothes Dryer, invented by George T. Sampson

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The toaster, invented by Ruane Sharon Jeter 

Dustpan, invented by Lloyd P. Ray

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Ice Cream Scooper, invented by Alfred L. Cralle

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Lawn Mower, invented by John Albert Burr

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3D movies, invented by Alice H. Parker 

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Mail box, invented by Phillip Downing

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Potato Chips, invented by George Crum

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Home security system, invented by Marie Van Brittan Brown

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Super Soaker, invented by Lonnie G. Johnson

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Maddie Gunnell is currently a senior at The Packer Collegiate Institute and the social media editor and Cylinder editor for the Packer Prism this year. Last year, she was the photo editor and is excited for her second year at the Prism. She hopes to make the Prism more accessible to the Packer Community, and broaden the web and social media content. She loves History and writing, and is extremely passionate about journalism and its importance in today’s society. Maddie loves her dog more than she loves the rest of her family, and most of all loves taking pictures of her dog. Maddie can be reached at

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