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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 Begins Anew

A Dream Begins Anew

(p.110) Chapter Eight A Dream Begins Anew
Lucean Arthur Headen

Jill D. Snider

University of North Carolina Press

Chapter 8 describes Headen’s move in 1925 to Albany, Georgia, where he established the Headen Motor Car Company and began the engine work that led to his first patent. The chapter explores the coalition he built in Albany, which comprised black beauty salon owner and clubwoman Emma V. Wynn and her husband fraternal leader and café owner William Wynn; members of the white Chamber of Commerce; black nationalist attorney Henry V. Plummer; and auto enthusiast Edward E. Harris. The chapter also documents Headen’s rise as an inventor, his relationship with white railroad engineer Henry A. Petit (co-inventor on his first patent), and his move away from the coalition model in favor of individual investors, including patent speculator George P. Koelliker and financier George D. Hamilton. The chapter places Headen’s activities in the context of growing African American automobility, the history of bi-fuel engines, and the existing avenues of funding for independent inventors.

Keywords:   Albany, GA, African American automobility, automobile industry, bi-fuel engines, Emma V. Wynn, George D. Hamilton, George P. Koelliker, Headen Motor Car Company, Henry A. Petit, Henry V. Plummer

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