A Stolen #BlackHistory Moment Alexander Graham Bell WAS NOT the inventor of the telephone …THE TELEPHONE Was Invented And Patented By An African American Named #GranvilleWoods
In 1885, Granville Woods patented a system combining the telephone and telegraph and thus allowing railroad stations to send voice and telegraph messages over a single wire. The device was so successful that he later sold it to the American Bell Telephone Company in 1887. (As a black inventor, Woods had difficulty in marketing his inventions and had little choice but to sell them to white-owned corporations.)
Granville Woods often had difficulties in enjoying his success as other inventors made claims to his devices. Thomas Edison made one of these claims, stating that he had first created a similar telegraph and that he was entitled to the patent for the device
Granville Woods was twice successful in defending himself, proving that there were no other devices upon which he could have depended or relied upon to make his device. After Thomas Edison’s second defeat, he decided to offer Granville Woods a position with the Edison Company, but Granville declined.