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On This Day August 3, 1897: Lloyd Ray Received a Patent For Cleaning Device

Lloyd Ray was the first African American to receive a patent for improving the dustpan by attaching a short, wooden handle to a metal collection plate. He received the patent on August 3, 1897.


Ray created a device with a metal collection plate attached to a short wooden handle in which trash could be swept without getting one’s hands dirty.

Before Ray invented his device, anyone cleaning a room or a hall simply swept dirt, dust or trash out of a door onto the ground outside or used a piece of paper in order to collect it.


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