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A Little Known Black History - Alice H. Parker

Updated: Feb 23, 2021

Back when I was growing up and attending school we were taught about certain black people. I would say mostly those who made history in the eye of the public. Like Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver, Madame C.J Walker, Frederick Douglass, etc. Our exposure to black inventors was limited. Hopefully, we have learned something new this month. Who is Alice H. Parker? Well, thanks to her we are able to heat our entire house and not just one room. She is an American inventor. The history found on Ms. Parker doesn't provide a whole lot. But what is known is truly fascinating. She was born and grew up in Morristown, NJ in 1895. She is an honor graduate of Howard University. Ms. Parker realized the ineffectiveness of heating a house coal or wood and decided enough was enough. She filed and received patent number US132590A on December 23, 1919 for her invention of the heating furnace. It was the first patent to contain individually controlled air ducts to transfer heat to different parts of the building. It is the model design that many use today in their heating systems. Her death is unknown. That's your little known black history fact! #BlackHistory #OurHistory #LittleKnownBlackHistory Resources:


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