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Though Thomas Edison is recognized as the inventor of the light bulb, African-American inventor Lewis Latimer played an important role in its development. In 1881, Latimer patented a method for making carbon filaments, allowing light bulbs to burn for hours instead of minutes. Latimer also drafted the drawings that assisted Alexander Graham Bell obtaining a patent for the telephone ( which he did not invent ! )

Though Thomas Edison is recognized as the inventor of the light bulb, African-American inventor Lewis Latimer played an important role in its development. In 1881, Latimer patented a method for making carbon filaments, allowing light bulbs to burn for hours instead of minutes. Latimer also drafted the drawings that assisted Alexander Graham Bell obtaining a patent for the telephone ( which he did not invent ! )

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28 Days of Black History Lewis Latimer. Inventor, Engineer, contributor to the patent of the light bulb,  the telephone and much more. Read about him here http://www.biography.com/people/lewis-howard-latimer-9374422

28 Days of Black History Lewis Latimer. Inventor, Engineer, contributor to the patent of the light bulb, the telephone and much more. Read about him here http://www.biography.com/people/lewis-howard-latimer-9374422

Early Life of Lewis Latimer: Son of Escaped African Slaves Becomes Electric Lighting Innovator | Black Then

Early Life of Lewis Latimer: Son of Escaped African Slaves Becomes Electric Lighting Innovator | Black Then

Lewis Latimer (1848–1928) invented an important part of the light bulb — the carbon filament.    Fast Fact: Latimer worked in the laboratories of both Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.

Lewis Latimer (1848–1928) invented an important part of the light bulb — the carbon filament. Fast Fact: Latimer worked in the laboratories of both Thomas Edison and Alexander Graham Bell.

Lewis Latimer invented a “water closet for railroad cars” (1873) and drafted the patent drawings for Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone. In 1881 he devised a method for making a carbon filament for a light bulb made by one of Thomas Edison's competitors, and then supervised that firm's installation of electric lights in New York City, Philadelphia, Montreal, and London.

Lewis Latimer invented a “water closet for railroad cars” (1873) and drafted the patent drawings for Alexander Graham Bell's first telephone. In 1881 he devised a method for making a carbon filament for a light bulb made by one of Thomas Edison's competitors, and then supervised that firm's installation of electric lights in New York City, Philadelphia, Montreal, and London.

Lewis Latimer patented a carbon filament for the incandescent lightbulb. The invention helped make electric lighting practical and affordable for the average household.

Lewis Latimer patented a carbon filament for the incandescent lightbulb. The invention helped make electric lighting practical and affordable for the average household.

This Is the REAL INVENTOR OF ELECTRICITY MR.LEWIS LATIMER REAL STOLEN REAL HISTORY FACTS MUST BE TOLD! Without Mr.Lewis Latimer we may still be in the DARK

This Is the REAL INVENTOR OF ELECTRICITY MR.LEWIS LATIMER REAL STOLEN REAL HISTORY FACTS MUST BE TOLD! Without Mr.Lewis Latimer we may still be in the DARK