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History is our way of studying crucial moments of achievements and events that have changed the way we live today. Take a look at some of African American inventors that have been left out of history books.

Exploring breathtaking views on the flat, mountainous or scenic terrain on a bike can be an invigorating form of fitness. We can attribute this leisurely luxury to I.R. Johnson for patenting the bicycle frame in the 1800s.

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In the 1800s, if an elevator patron or operator forgot to close the shaft door then falling accidents in elevator shafts weren’t very uncommon. But on October 11, 1887, Alexander Miles patented an electric elevator, and his design improved the method of the opening and closing of elevator doors and shaft when an elevator was not on that floor.

Back in the times of the buffalo soldiers, black soldiers were most often issued the roughest stock, but W.D. Davis was in the process of creating a more comfortable way to endure those long expeditions. In 1896, He designed a special type of improved saddle to provide an easier ride on the hard-trotting horses.

People have been stuck inside buildings engulfed in flames, but firefighters have been able to spare countless lives due to the improvements that T.J Marshall made on the original fire extinguisher.

Feeling lazy and don’t want to get out of the car to mail your letter? You can thank P.B. Downing for inventing the street letter drop mailbox with a hinged door that closes to protect your mail. Downing patented this new device on October 27, 1981.

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Staying in to watch a late night flick, TIVO while you’re away at work or flipping through the channels has been made possible by Joseph N. Jackson, the inventor of the programmable television receiver controllers. Or put simply, he’s the man who created the remote control.

words by: Candice Grevious |@miss_nightowl

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