Spreading Good News (Post 516 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH: First African American to Receive a Patent, Thomas L. Jennings)

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TODAY’S BLOG

We all should know more about the contributions that African-Americans have made in the fields of science and medicine, as well as art, music, the written word, sports, and just-everyday life.

In honor of “Black History Month,” I will be Spreading Good News with daily posts of informative, educational, entertaining pieces about Black History.

I hope you enjoy this piece!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH: First African American to Receive a Patent, Thomas L. Jennings

 

Thomas L. Jennings was the first black man to receive a patent.  The patent was awarded on March 3, 1821 (U.S. Patent 3306x) for his discovery of a process called dry-scouring which was the forerunner of today’s modern dry-cleaning.

Jennings was born free in New York City in 1791.  In his early 20’s, he became a tailor but then opened a dry cleaning business in the city.  While running his business, Jennings developed dry-scouring.

The patent to Jennings generated considerable controversy during this period.  Slaves at this time could not patent their own inventions; their effort was the property of their master.  This regulation dated back to the U.S. patent laws of 1793.  The regulation was based on the legal presumption that “the master is the owner of the fruits of the labor of the slave both manual and intellectual.”  Patent courts also held that slaves were not citizens and therefore could not own rights to their inventions.  In 1861 patent rights were finally extended to slaves.

Thomas Jennings, however, was a free man and thus was able to gain exclusive rights to his invention and profit from it.  Jennings was a passionate abolitionist who used the income from his invention to free the rest of his family from slavery and fund abolitionist causes.  He served as assistant secretary of the First Annual Convention of the People of Color which met in Philadelphia in June 1831.

Thomas Jennings died in New York City in 1856.

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About Line of Serenity (Joyce Fields)

As a thought leader for today's generation, I choose to be part of the solution and am doing things that positively impact people's lives. In addition to being a happy, married (since 1967!) woman, sister, aunt, mother, grandmother, great grandmother, I have over 40 years' experience in "Corporate America": Stenographer, Secretary, Supervisor, Analyst, Office Manager, Executive Assistant. I am also a professional proofreader and the author of eight books (seven non-fiction; one children's fiction--http://www.GoodShortBooks.com).
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4 Responses to Spreading Good News (Post 516 – BLACK HISTORY MONTH: First African American to Receive a Patent, Thomas L. Jennings)

  1. Great post. I’m amazed at all the great information about the advances and inventions by African Americans. Such a treat.

  2. living4bliss says:

    Thanks again, Joyce. I love reading about history.

    The issues with masters getting credit for the slave’s inventions is still alve today in a way. Intellectual property actually belongs to the employer and therefore patents and copyrights.

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