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Tue, 01.02.1962

A Black Man Receives A Patent For Improving The Automatic Safety Brake System


*On this date in 1962, Richard B. Spikes received a patent for improving the Automatic Safety Brake System. Major companies welcomed his invention.  U.S. Patent #3015522.

By the time he was creating the automatic safety brake, Spikes was losing his vision. He first created a drafting machine for blind designers to complete the device. The machine would soon be used in almost every school bus in the nation.


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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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