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Lucean Arthur Headen: The Making of a Black Inventor and Entrepreneur

Jill D. Snider


Born in Carthage, North Carolina, Lucean Arthur Headen (1879-1957) grew up amid former slave artisans. Inspired by his grandfather, a wheelwright, and great-uncle, a toolmaker, he dreamed as a child of becoming an inventor. His ambitions suffered the menace of Jim Crow and the reality of a new inventive landscape in which investment was shifting from lone inventors to the new “industrial scientists.” But determined and ambitious, Headen left the South, and after toiling for a decade as a Pullman porter, risked everything to pursue his dream. He eventually earned eleven patents, most for innova ... More

Keywords: African American auto racers, African American aviators, African American inventors, African American emigrants, African American entrepreneurs, anti-icing methods, engine designs, Pullman porters, slave artisans, Lucean Arthur Headen

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781469654355
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2021 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469654355.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jill D. Snider, author