Editor’s Note: Every February — a.k.a., Lies About Black History Month — the Black Invention Myths site is frequently unavailable because its bandwidth is too limited to accommodate all would-be readers.
Since this site is such an important resource, I have reproduced the main page below from
Such beliefs usually originate in books or articles about black history.
Since many of the authors have little interest in the history of technology outside of advertising black contributions to it, their stories tend to be fraught with misunderstandings, wishful thinking, or fanciful embellishments with no historical basis.
When myths go unchallenged for too long, they begin to eclipse the truth. Although this page does not cover every dubious invention claim floating around out there, it should at least serve as a warning never to take any such claim for granted. Designed by JP Knight, it featured two semaphore arms and two gas lamps.
Each item below is listed with its supposed black originator beneath it along with the year it was supposedly invented, followed by something about the real origin of the invention or at least an earlier instance of it. The earliest traffic lights include Lester Wire’s two-color version set up in Salt Lake City circa 1912, James Hoge’s system (US patent #1,251,666) installed in Cleveland by the American Traffic Signal Company in 1914, and William Potts’ 4-way red-yellow-green lights introduced in Detroit beginning in 1920.
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Bella expresses a desire to become a vampire herself, against Edward's wishes.
In the second novel, New Moon, Edward and the other Cullens leave Forks in an effort to keep Bella safe from the vampire world.
Jacob Black, a member of the Quileute tribe who is also a shape shifter taking a wolf form, comforts the distraught and severely depressed Bella.
She comes to care for Jacob, though less than she loves Edward.