Top 7 African-American Inventors

Mark Babatunde Mar 16, 2017 at 10:09am

March 16, 2017 at 10:09 am | Uncategorized

Mark Babatunde

Mark Babatunde

March 16, 2017 at 10:09 am | Uncategorized

Thomas Elkins 

Thomas Elkins

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Born in the 18th century, Thomas Elkins was a pharmacist, abolitionist, and inventor. He had a number of significant inventions credited to his name, including a refrigerator design to preserve perishable food, a folding multi-purpose table for dining, and perhaps (most famously) a chamber commode (water closet toilet).

Elkins received a U.S. patent in 1872 for a chamber commode, which included a mirror, washstand, mirror, and more.

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