Richard Bowie Spikes, born in Dallas, Texas in 1878, was a black man with an innovative mind that created and patented numerous inventions over the course of his lifetime. We use many of his inventions on a daily basis and consider them essential in our daily lives! Check out a few of them below!
1: The Automatic Gear Shift (1932)
2: Automatic Car Wash (1913)
3: Automatic Safety Brake (1962)
4: Beer Keg Tap (1910)
5: Barber Swinging Chair (1950)
6: Continuous Contact Trolley Pole (1919)
7: Brake Testing System (1921)
8: Automobile Turn Signals (1913)
9: Self-Locking Rack for Billiard Cue Rack (1910)
For more of Spikes’ inventions, click here.