CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH

AFRICAN-AMERICAN INVENTORS

Sarah Boone (1832–1904) was an African American inventor who on April 26, 1892, obtained United States patent rights for her improvements to the ironing board. Boone’s ironing board was designed to improve the quality of ironing sleeves and the bodies of women’s garments. The board was very narrow, curved, and made of wood. The shape and structure allowed it to fit a sleeve and it was reversible, so one could iron both sides of the sleeve. Along with Miriam BenjaminEllen Eglin, and Sarah Goode, Boone was one of four African American women inventors of her time who developed new technology for the home.

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