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The Real McCoy: Audio Tour with Robert Hall

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Creator:
Anacostia Museum
James, Portia P
Subject:
McCoy, Elijah 1844-1929
Banneker, Benjamin 1731-1806
Jennings, Thomas L
Latimer, Lewis Howard 1848-1928
Forten, James 1766-1842
Temple, Lewis
Rillieux, Norbert 1806-1894
Montgomery, Benjamin
Matzeliger, Jan Ernst 1852-1889
Morgan, Garrett A. 1877-1963
Woods, Granville 1856-1910
Carver, George Washington 1864?-1943
Davidson, Shelby J (Shelby Jeames) 1868-1930
Harper, Solomon 1893-
Walker, C. J. Madam 1867-1919
Joyner, Marjorie Stewart 1896-1994
Murray, George W (George Washington) 1853-1926
Baker, Henry E (Henry Edwin) 1859-1928
Anacostia Community Museum
Anacostia Neighborhood Museum
Physical description:
1 open reel 1/4 inch sound recording
Culture:
African American
Type:
Sound recordings
Narration
Place:
Anacostia (Washington, D.C.)
Washington (D.C.)
United States
Date:
1989
Circa 1989
Notes:
Title transcribed from physical asset.
The exhibition - The Real McCoy: African-American Invention and Innovation, 1619-1930 - focused on outstanding black inventors, as well as anonymous innovators, who, as slaves, craftsmen and workers, made important contributions to the United States. Included are actual inventions, such an Jan Matzelieger's "shoe-lasting" machine, which revolutionized shoe production, and Garrett Morgan's safety hood and automatic traffic signal, forerunners of the modern gas mask and traffic stop light. The exhibition examines such topics as African influences on Colonial technology and how the slave system stymied technological innovation. Individual inventors such as Lewis Temple, Elijah McCoy, James Forten, and Norbert Rillieux are profiled. Also featured are artifacts from some of the expositions of the late 19th-century, which celebrated this new surge of black inventiveness. The exhibition was curated by Portia James and organized by the Anacostia Museum. It was held at the museum from May 1989 - May 1990.
Summary:
During the audio tour of exhibition, The Real McCoy: African-American Invention and Innovation, narrator Robert Hall presents contributions made by black inventors to American technology from 1619 to 1930. Inventions and innovations by Benjamin Banneker, Elijah McCoy, Lewis Latimer, James Forten, Lewis Temple, Norbert Rillieux, Ned (slave), Benjamin Montgomery, George Washington Carver, Solomon Harper, Madame C.J. Walker, and Marjorie Joyner, among others, are highlighted. This history, challenges, and successes of patent licensing for inventions created by black inventors, including the question of patents for inventions created by slaves, are discussed.
Audio tour narration. Part of The Real McCoy: Afro-American Invention and Innovation 1619-1930 Audiovisual Materials. Undated.
Cite as:
The Real McCoy: Audio Tour with Robert Hall, Exhibition Records AV03-026, Anacostia Community Museum Archives, Smithsonian Institution
Topic:
African Americans
African American women
African American inventors
Inventors
Inventions
Technology
Technological innovations
Patents
Patent laws and legislation
Slaves
Slavery
Museum exhibits
Local number:
ACMA AV002680
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Data Source:
Anacostia Community Museum Archives

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