Black History Month UNsung Heroes #1


Lewis Latimer

Most students know the work of Thomas Edison: the creator of the light bulb. However, most students would not know that African-American inventor Lewis Latimer helped propel the invention forward. Starting out as a mere office boy, Latimer proved himself a capable apprentice and was promoted to head draftsmen. In 1880, Latimer was hired as an assistant manager and draftsmen at an electrical and lighting company owned by the chief rival of Thomas Edison. He was tasked with creating a longer lasting bulb. His efforts were recognized, as cities and homes started using his improvements to the light bulb. Though forgotten in modern day society, Lewis Latimer should be remembered for his inventions that helped change the world that we live in.

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