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Tue, 05.04.1897

A Black Man Patents a Sprinkler

Sprinkler (blueprint)

On this date in 1897, African American inventor Joseph H. Smith patented the sprinkler.

This African American inventors Patent No. is #581.785


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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They rode north funky & uneducated to live & let themselves rest: I come here ghuddammit to make my way, lazy or not, to own myself open the touch of... BLACKIE THINKS OF HIS BROTHERS by Stanley Crouch.
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