28 days of Black Inventions: The Seed planter

28 days of Black Inventions

February 10th, 2017

As we normally do this time of year, we’re going to celebrate Black History Month by acknowledging 28 of the most influential, world changing inventions by Black People. Our goal is to shed light on some inventions that most people probably didn’t know about, some of the lessor known inventions as well some of the more notable inventions. So join us on our 28 day journey and you might learn a thing or two.

The Seed Planter


The Seed Planter was an ideal Invention designed to curate the soil and make it much easier for the people who worked the fields. It was a plow like device that separated and spread the soil and dropped seeds into the ground. Which in turn saved a lot of manual hard work and time. With this Invention being introduced to the Farmer or Field Worker (Slave) it allowed for ease to use as compared to old way of being on your hands and knees for hours throughout the course of the work day.


Henry Blair


On October 14th, 1834 The Seed Planter was Patented by a Farmer (A Free Man) African American Henry Blair. Henry Blair was a Successful Farmer from Maryland whose profits increased dramatically due to increased productivity from the usage of his Seed Planter. Mr. Blair was the 2nd African American to receive a Patent for an Invention. He would also go on the Invent another Plow like device called The Cotton Planter it was designed to help control the spread of weeds and it also served as a Seed Planter as well.

It’s believed that Henry Blair was illiterate due to the fact that he signed his Patent with an “X” customary for those would couldn’t read or write. The years (1857 through 1861 in the south and 1871 for the rest of the country) Slaves were not allowed to Patent their Inventions, therefor their “Owners” were given the credit and the Patent to these Inventions. So look into your history books and see what Inventions were Patented in those years it’s true Inventor might have been a Black man or Woman.

Editors Note: Just imagine how incredible these individuals were in a time when we were treated with such blatant disregard. The contributions by African Americans to this Country and the World over are immense. Even as a Free man with no formal education he excelled and maneged to create something that actually made the lives of the Farmer/Field Workers (Slaves) a little more bearable. #Thankyou. 


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