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Sarah Goode: Foldaway Bed Inventor


Sarah Goode, born in 1855, was an African-American inventor known for being one of the first Black women to receive a U.S. patent. She was awarded this patent in 1885 for her invention of a folding cabinet bed, also known as a "hideaway bed." This clever piece of furniture was designed to save space in small living areas by folding into a cabinet when not in use. Goode's innovation reflected a practical approach to solving problems in cramped urban environments and demonstrated her forward-thinking attitude toward design and functionality.

Her accomplishment is significant not only because of the practicality of her invention, but also because it paved the way for other women and African-Americans in the field of invention and engineering.






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