Experience the ingenuity and resilience of African-Americans at the African-American Inventors' Exhibit. The exhibit will include documents, photographs and hands-on replicas of over 70 different inventions that span from the 1800s to the 2000s.
One of most remarkable aspects of the exhibit is that it will highlight the work of inventors who even under the unimaginable duress of slavery produced life-changing products.
In many cases, African-American inventors created integral parts of inventions that we know by name today. Lewis Latimer, for example, worked closely with Thomas Edison, and although he did not invent the light bulb, he was the first person to create an inexpensive carbon filament that allowed the light bulb to work. Without him, there would be no light bulb.
Other inventors highlighted in the exhibit will include:
Nathan Nearest Green, a slave who taught distilling techniques to Jack Daniels, founder of the Jack Daniels Distillery in Tennessee.
Madam CJ Walker, the first black millionairess who invented the world's first hair-straightening formula.
Dr. Charles Drew, a surgeon and medical researcher who developed ways to process and store blood plasma in blood banks.
Dr. Patricia E. Bath, an ophthalmologist and laser scientist who invented the Laserphaco Probe for cataract treatment in 1986.
Your ALL INCLUSIVE ticket can be purchased at
Saturday, February 8 at 11:00am
Rayburn Student Center, Pre-Function Area (Second Floor)
2200 W. Neal Street, Commerce, TX 75428