If you go to Google and type in American inventors you get back from Google pictures of the top American inventors of all time.
The #1 American inventor of all time is Lewis Howard Latimer, who, I just learned, worked with both Edison and Bell.
Thomas Edison is in 6th place and a well-tanned Alexander Graham Bell in 9th place, with ten black inventors rounding out the top dozen.
In the second dozen, Samuel Morse is 19th, Eli Whitney 20th, and Ben Franklin 23rd. Everybody else is black.
Thanks to John Rivers’ Twitter account for this.