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Norbert Rillieux developed a fast, inexpensive method of refining sugar cane in 1846 and, many years later, sugar beets as well. Before this time, sugar was a luxury for the very few because it was manufactured by a slow, expensive process. Because of Rillieux, sugar became inexpensive enough to make all our lives a little sweeter.

Lewis Howard Latimer, son of an escaped slave, became an electrical engineer and an inventor. He executed the drawings and helped prepare the applications for the telephone patents of Alexander Graham Bell. But his major contribution to science was his invention of a method for making carbon filament in an incandescent lamp, which he patented. Eventually, he became a noted aide to Thomas Edison and one of the Edison Pioneers. Today, a school in Brooklyn, New York, bears his name.

Benjamin Banneker, grandson of a slave, became a prominent surveyor, mathematician and astronomer. When Major L'Enfant, the original architect of Washington, D.C., packed up and quit, the job was turned over to Banneker, who had transcribed the Major's plans. So Banneker played a key role in selecting the sites for the White House, the Treasury and the Capitol. In an era when most American blacks were slaves, Banneker proved that, as free men, Negroes too, could make significant contributions to a new nation.

Dr. Dan Williams worked as a barber to get himself through high school. Eight years after graduating from Northwestern Medical School, he opened a man's chest and sewed a knife wound of the heart sac. Dr. Williams performed the world's first heart operation in 1893.

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