Otis Frank Boykin (1920-1982)

"Image Ownership: Public Domain" The inventor Otis Frank Boykin, known for inventing the wire precision resistor, was born on August 29, 1920 in Dallas, Texas. Boykin’s mother, Sarah Boykin, worked as a maid before dying in 1921 before Boykin’s first birthday. Boykin’s father, Walter Boykin, … Read MoreOtis Frank Boykin (1920-1982)

Henry Binga Dismond (1891-1956)

Henry Binga Dismond star athlete, medical device inventor, pioneering physician and poet was born on December 27, 1891 in Richmond, Virginia to Dr. Samuel H. Dismond and wife Jessie Cornelia Binga.  Henry attended Richmond public schools, Virginia Union University, and Howard University where he graduated … Read MoreHenry Binga Dismond (1891-1956)

William Chester Ruth (1882-1971)

William Chester Ruth, 1950 Image Courtesy of Anita Wills William Chester Ruth was an African American inventor, business owner, and community leader in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  Ruth was the son of Samuel and Maria Louisa Pinn-Ruth.  The 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment liberated Samuel, a former … Read MoreWilliam Chester Ruth (1882-1971)

Garrett A. Morgan Sr. (1877?-1963)

Inventor, entrepreneur, and publisher Garrett A. Morgan, Sr. received patents for a three-position traffic signal and a safety hood that was designed to aid breathing in smoke-filled areas. He gained national attention when he utilized his mask to rescue men trapped during a tunnel explosion … Read MoreGarrett A. Morgan Sr. (1877?-1963)