February 1, 2005 - March 20, 2005
Central Library, 2nd floor Balcony Cases

A Tribute to Black Inventors by African-American Artisans

Curator Ruth Edwards is a book artist, instructor and the founder of Books In Black. She has also designed four artist books using the drawings of artist Tom Feelings. Ms. Edwards received the New York State Council on the Arts grant and is a member of Origami USA, the Women's Studio Workshop, The Society of Scribes, and the Center for Book Arts in New York City.


Artist Statement

Too many Black inventors were robbed of their inventions and buried in anonymity. These people deserve to be remembered, so we gladly pay them tribute. This exhibition highlights only the most familiar inventions; there have been thousands of inventors of African ancestry whose major contributions are used worldwide.

Did you know that Black men and women hold patents for the traffic light, the public letter box, mobile refrigeration, the ironing board, the golf tee, the incandescent light bulb, the elevator, the pencil sharpener, the horseshoe, the street sweeper, ice cream, and the gas mask, to name but a few? This show is just an introduction. We hope that it leads to more books, more research, and more appreciation for the inspired vision behind the products and services that enrich our lives.

Thank you for coming to the show.