Black inventor patents telephone system

blueprint patent (copy)
Tue, 1887-10-11

On this date in 1887, Granville T. Woods of Cincinnati, a black inventor, patented the telephone.

For a while he manufactured and sold his inventions through the Woods Electric Company, but he later sold his patent rights to the General Electric Company.

Created Equal: The Lives and Ideas of Black American Innovators
By James Michael Brodie
Copyright 1993, by Bill Adler Books, Inc.
William Morrow and Co. Inc., New York
ISBN 0-688-11536-5

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