The ‘Secret’ Inventors

By Milton Ammel

When it comes to early American agriculture, one almost always thinks of white farmers. Equally important, and not very well recognized, are the contributions by black farmers, especially those who also were inventors.
Perhaps one of the better known early American black farm inventors was a man named Henry Blair. Born in 1807, Blair was never believed to have been a slave, for one noteworthy yet tragic fact.

The online resource myblackhistory.net had this to say: “Little is known of the life of Henry Blair, except that he was probably a freefarmer of Montgomery County, Md.

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