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Did a black man invent the dust pan?

Here is one that I actually heard on my local news. “African American, Lloyd P. Ray, invented the dust pan.”

Well, the dust pan isn’t as glamorous as saying a “black man invented the cell phone,” but is just as absurd.

First, Ray was less than half black. In 1897 Ray took out a patent for a dust pan he designed. This was dust pan patent number 165!

One hundred sixty four Americans had already taken out patents for their own dust pans before Ray.

The actual inventor of the original dust pan is unknown and probably lived thousands of years ago.