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Lewis Latimer, Hidden Hero of History

Lewis Latimer, Hidden Hero of History

Update: 2023-07-27


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A story of innovation and self-determination! Lewis Latimer was an American inventor, patent draftsman and artist whose work included the detailed drawings for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone. He improved Thomas Edison’s light bulb so it could last longer and be accessible to more homeowners. He earned seven patents for his own inventions that helped people with their day-to-day lives and, in his personal life, he enjoyed painting, playing the flute and creative writing. Lewis Latimer left behind a brighter world for us all!

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NOTE FOR GROWNUPS: There are so many things we can learn from today’s Hidden Hero of History, Lewis Latimer. Our episode focuses on his many achievements and contributions to the world. But there are more of his stories and family history to uncover, and important discussions to have with your families. If you’re interested in learning more, check out these resources:

If you liked this story about Lewis Latimer, you may also like Episode 15 on George Washington Carver, an American agricultural scientist, botanist, and inventor:

CREDITS: This episode has been a Jonincharacter production. Today’s story was written by Molly Murphy. Special thanks to Octavia Kane for voicing Fawna Freckles. All other characters are performed by Jonathan Cormur. Sound recording and production by Jermaine Hamilton at Hamilton Studio Recordings.

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Lewis Latimer, Hidden Hero of History

Lewis Latimer, Hidden Hero of History

Jonathan Cormur/Octavia Kane