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Tue, 04.24.1951

A Black Woman Patents a Device for Feeding the Disabled


*On this date in 1951, a Black woman received a patent for a feeding device for the disabled.

Bessie Blount invented the machine that delivered food through a tube, one bite at a time, to a mouthpiece whether the patient was sitting up or lying down.

When the person wanted more food, they bit down on the tube, signaling a machine to send the next morsel.

The patent number is 2,550 554.

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