On this episode we celebrate Miriam E. Benjamin, an American school teacher and inventor who invented the “Gong and Signal Chair” for hotels, adopted by the United States House of Representatives and a pre-cursor to the flight attendant signaling system on modern airplanes. Our musical pairing is “Sitting on the Dock of the Bay” by Steve Cropper and Otis Redding.
Miriam E. Benjamin (1861-1947)
Notable Achievements: The second Black woman to ever be awarded a patent.
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