Day 14 Sarah E. Goode – 28 days of Black History in Technology

While Ms. Goode’s invention has nothing to do with technology, I thought she needed mention here because I know alot of us didn’t know this.  Ms. Sarah E Goode is the first African American Woman to file a patent.

Goode applied for and was awarded a patent on July 14, 1885. (Patent #322,177, for a cabinet bed).  Her invention was a something that was needed because of space in the small homes of america.

While her invention took a piece of furniture and converted it to a full bed, like a Transformer it was not popularized until years later.   Thirty years later in 1916 the Murphy bed was created. It was concealed behind a closet door or wall, rather than inside a piece of furniture, such as the cabinet bed.

Today it is known as a “folding bed” or the “hide away bed”.

Cabinet Bed – PDF

TBTR

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  2. Her invention surely became a household name for other bedding that came along years later. To be the first to apply for a patent is awesome history. Thanks for featuring her during Black History Month.

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