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Today in Black History: Benjamin Bradley

Benjamin Bradley was born a slave in Maryland, around 1830, but became and engineer and inventor. Although it was against the law to teach a slave how to read or write, Bradley learned literacy from his master’s children. Bradley was also good at mathematics, and showed a natural talent for making things. As a teenager,

 
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Today in Black History: Norbert Rillieux

Two centuries ago Norbert Rillieux was born in Louisiana, the son of a wealthy French engineer and a black slave woman. As a free Creole born of privilege, Rillieux attended private Catholic schools, and later studied engineering in France. His education allowed him to become an expert in steam engines at that time. At the

 
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Today in Black History: Thomas Jennings

Thomas Jennings was the first African American to receive a patent, on March 3, 1821 (U.S. patent3306x). Thomas Jennings’ patent was for a dry-cleaning process called “dry scouring”. The first money Thomas Jennings earned from his patent was spent on the legal fees (my polite way of saying enough money to purchase) necessary to liberate

 
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