African American Inventor.
Improved Cabinet Bed
Sarah Goode was the first African American women to receive a U.S. patent. Sarah E. Goode invented the first folding bed Patent #322,177. It was concealed in an upright desk and folded out to make a bed. It is the fore runner of the sofa bed. Her patent was granted on July 1, 1885. She was born in the year 1850. Freed at the end of the Civil War, Goode moved to Chicago and became an entrepreneur. Sarah received her patent on July 14th, 1885 when she was 35 years old, she died January 25, 1909 when she was 59.