#OnThisDay July 14, 1885 Sarah E. Goode was one of the first Black women to receive a patent.

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Regrettably, there is very little that is known about Sarah Goode. Some biographies said she was born enslaved, others said she was a "free" person. What we DO know is she was a legal and business trailblazer.
Sarah Elisabeth Goode (1855?-1905) was one of the first African-American women to receive a patent from the United States government. She was granted a patent for a folding cabinet bed on July 14, 1885.

Ever see a "murphy bed"? She invented the precursor to THAT!
In all likelihood, she was born and was enslaved. By by 1860, she was living as a free person in Toledo, Ohio. She moved to Chicago in 1870 and, by 1880, was married to Archibald Goode, a carpenter/stair builder. The couple had children, but it's unclear how many.
Listen. It was TIGHT living in Chicago, IL. There was very little space for furniture, much less a whole bed.

This Black woman came up with a solution.

The FOLDING BED.
She invented a folding bed that would become the precursor to the Murphy Bed - a hide-away bed. It was a cabinet bed which folded into a roll-top desk which had compartments for writing supplies and stationery.
One author said " [A] Black woman, Sarah E. Goode, patented a writing desk that unfolded to make a single bed. Goode's invention responded to a late nineteenth-century [Victorian] demand for furniture that served more than one purpose."
In 2012, the Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy, a science and math-focused high school, was opened in her honor on the south side of Chicago. It is part of the Chicago Public Schools Urban Model High School.
Goode's contributions were also recognized by a 2001 Virginia resolution establishing February 25 as a day to celebrate Black scientists and inventors.
I know. You're saying to yourself "it's just a patent for a folding bed." Do you know there were LAWS banning Black people from having their scientific and technological contributions patented? Sarah Goode ignored ALL that.
She was the second known African-American woman to receive a United States patent, which she received in 1885. The first known African-American woman to receive a patent was Judy W. Reed in1884, but Reed only signed her patent with her mark (an X) and not her signature.
Sarah Goode died in 1905.

Rest in peace and power, Queen.

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