Sarah Goode earned a prominent place among famous black inventors and famous women inventors by being the first black woman to own a patent in the United States. In 1885 she patented a folding cabinet bed.
Goode was one of the many African Americans to be freed from slavery at the end of the Civil War. She moved to Chicago and opened a furniture store. Her cabinet bed invention was designed with small Chicago apartments in mind.
Children’s natural instinct to brainstorm and create should be nurtured by parents and teachers alike. Coming up with new product ideas and inventions is a great way to instill a love of science, math, marketing and the entrepreneurial spirit. It also teaches cooperation and instill tremendous conf