Museum of Jazz 


African  American History

Traveling Exhibit

        Jazz History  & Education

BLACK  HISTORY Makers In America

Thomas L. Jennings: It wasn't until the year 1821, that an individual born into slavery was granted the 1st United States patent given to a Black Man named Thomas L. Jennings.

Madame C J Walker: Was born Sarah Breedlove, on December 23, 1867 in Delta, LA, was an African American entrepreneur, philanthropist, political and social activist. She is recorded as being the 1st female self-made millionaire.  Her marriage to Charles J Walker, Advertising Agent helped promote her products. In 1890's it is believed Madame C J Walker experienced a scalp ailment triggering her dedication to experiment with products to improve hair loss conditions. The "Walker Method", involved using her formula for pomade, hair brushing and use of the 1st hot comb having a dream and only $2.00. In 1910 opened a shop and  in 1912 diversified to include face powder, cosmetics.  

McKinley Jones:  Was born on May 17, 1893 in Cincinnati, Ohio. It is said, Jones enjoyed reading about mechanical and electrical engineering; and earned his engineering license at 20 years old; and served in the US Army repairing equipment.  The study of electronics afforded Jones an opportunity to develop a device to pair together "movement with sound" and did so for film. He later collaborated with Numero, making Jones the Founder of the US Thermo Control Company, helping to preserve Blood, Medicine and Food through Jones refrigeration discovery. Jones was Elected to the American Society of Refrigeration Engineers; developed 60 patents in refrigeration, sound, engines and X-ray machines; is winner of the National Medal of Technology; became an inductee of the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 1977; was honored by President George W. Bush for the National Medal of Technology. The ceremony was held at the White House Rose Garden. Jones & Numero Widows received their Awards. (ABC's The View; and Biography.com).

Left: The African Artifacts pictured here is believed to be from the inland country of Mali. It is an original hand-woven work of originality referred to as MUDCLOTH.  Its symbolic language and pictoral symbolism is a writing system passed down generation to generation. Its colors are rich, true and natural. Hue, tone and shade are direct results of using actual mud. This tradition is done to preserve the culture and spiritual values of the people of the various country. The color of Mud cloth is rich in being fermented using various hues of mud found in a particular country.  There are many uses of Mud cloth from Wall Decor to Rugs -  Furniture to Clothing designed from many types of mud cloth.  The texture of mud cloth is rich and full.   Speech" is most prevalent today. Throughout history, freedom workers/fighters have continued to press on to Freedom through and with legislators; for and with the people of the United States of America.  

BOTTOM LEFT: African Dancer Alex Harvell  . . . . 

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