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Today in History: J.W. Reed Patents Dough Kneader and Roller

Little is known about Judy W. Reed, considered to be the first African American woman to receive a United States patent. In January of 1884, Reed applied for a patent on her “Dough Kneader and Roller.” The application was for an improved design on existing dough kneaders. On September 23, 1884, Reed received Patent No. 305,474 for her invention. There is no record of her life beyond this document. ...

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Today in History: Gordon Parks film ‘The Learning Tree’ is Registered in the National Film Registry.’

On this day in 1989, Gordon Parks film ‘The Learning Tree is registered in the National Film Registry’, it joined other films including Casablanca, Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz. Parks, who died in 2006, was an American photographer, musician, writer and film director. He is best remembered for his photographic essays for Life magazine and as the director of the 1971 film, Shaft. Parks's other dir ...

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