According to gizmodo.com, Benjamin T. Montgomery died in May of 1877, but he is someone we should all know of.
Montgomery was born into slavery in Virginia in 1819, and learned to read and write from a very young age. As a result, his literacy gave him an advantage.
Montgomery invented a number of machines, most notably was his new propeller for steamboats. However, he tried to patent it in 1864, but was rejected by the US Patent office because he was a slave.
Benjamin T. Montgomery died on May 12, 1877, after a long struggle with physical disability. Yet he and his contributions to technology live continue to affect our modern lives and are documented in the book, The History of Black Business in America.
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