Examine the history and evolution of African American literature from the 18th century to the present in the African American Museum of Iowa’s current temporary exhibit. From autobiographical slave narratives to the creative explosion of […]
Majorie Joyner invented the permanent wave machine. This device, patented in 1928, curled or “permed” women’s hair for a relatively lengthy period of time. Invented a permanent wave machine that added curl to straight […]
Emmett Chappelle is the recipient of 14 U.S. patents and was recently recognized as one of the 100 most distinguished African American scientists and engineers of the 20th Century. He started with NASA in […]
George Carruthers, an Ohio scientist, has gained international recognition for his work on ultraviolet observations of the earth’s upper atmosphere and of astronomical phenomena. Ultraviolet light is the electromagnetic radiation between visible light and x-rays. […]
Dr. Percy Harris was Linn County’s first African American Medical Examiner. In 1977, he was the second African American named to the State Board of Regents.
In the late 1930s, controversy around the exclusion of African Americans from public pools sparked the re-activation of many NAACP chapters. This occurred in Cedar Rapids in the 1940s when African Americans unexpectedly found […]
Archie Alexander was the first African American to graduate from the University of Iowa School of Engineering. When he could not find work as an engineer, he started his own construction firm in Des […]