But for Sarah Boone, ironing would’ve been more difficult

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Sarah Boone

Sarah Boone was an African American inventor. Boone invented an ironing board.


Sarah Boone was born on the 1st of January 1832 in Craven County, North Carolina. She was formerly enslaved.


On the 25th of November 1847, Sarah married James Boone and they had eight children.

Before the outbreak of the American Civil War; Sarah, alongside her family left North Carolina for New Haven.  At New Haven, Sarah worked as a dressmaker.


Her ironing board was designed to develop the quality of ironing sleeves and the bodies of women’s garments. The board wasmade of wood, narrow and was curved. The structure and shape allowed it to fit a sleeve and it was adjustable, so one could iron both sides of the sleeve.

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Sarah was one of four African American women inventors of her time who developed new technology for the home.


The inventor died in 1904 and was buried in a family plot in Evergreen Cemetery in New Haven.


Sarah obtained the United States patent rights for her improvements to the ironing board on the 26th of April 1892.

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