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Tue, 06.10.1902

Black man patents Automatic Air Brake

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On this date in 1902, Granville T. Woods of Cincinnati, a Black inventor, patented the automatic air brake.  The patent is #701981

For a while he manufactured and sold his inventions through the Woods Electric Company, but he later sold his patent rights to the General Electric Company.

Reference:

Created Equal: The Lives and Ideas of Black American Innovators
By James Michael Brodie
Copyright 1993, by Bill Adler Books, Inc.
William Morrow and Co. Inc., New York
ISBN 0-688-11536-5

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