Lewis Howard Latimer was one of the first African American inventors of repute in the United States of America. He was born on 4 September 1848 to George and Rebecca Latimer, who had previously been slaves in Virginia.
Granville Tailer Woods was an African American inventor, and the first African American to be a mechanical and civil engineer. Woods was born in Columbus, Ohio in 1856 to a native American mother and African American father, which made him a child of mixed race.
George Washington Carver was a talented and accomplished African American inventor, born in a time of slavery. His parents were Mary and Giles, a couple owned by a German American immigrant named Moses Carver.