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Lucean Arthur HeadenThe Making of a Black Inventor and Entrepreneur$
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Jill D. Snider

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781469654355

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654355.001.0001

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A Dream Seeks a Path

A Dream Seeks a Path

(p.37) Chapter Three A Dream Seeks a Path
Lucean Arthur Headen

Jill D. Snider

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 3 describes Headen’s life in Jersey City, NJ, from 1903 to 1911, a period in which he worked as a Pullman porter and as a dining car waiter for the Erie Railroad. It documents his life as a trainman, his growing interest in aviation, his frustrations at being locked out of skilled work, and his initial forays into invention. The chapter examines how Headen’s wife, Tena Drye Headen, and other African American migrants active in Lafayette Presbyterian Church and the Railroad Porters’ and Waiters’ Voluntary Subscription Fund, expanded social networks critical to Headen, and on the specific strategies that Headen observed other African American inventors employ to circumvent segregation and raise capital in a time when funding for independent inventors was waning.

Keywords:   African American inventors, African American migrants, dining car waiters, Erie Railroad, independent inventors, Jersey City, NJ, Lafayette Presbyterian Church, Pullman porters, Railroad Porters’ and Waiters’ Voluntary Subscription Fund, social networks

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