Our History: Sarah Boone, inventor of the the ironing board

Sarah Boone (1832–1904)

Who Was Sarah Boone?

Born in 1832 in Craven County, North Carolina, Sarah Boone made her name by inventing the ironing board. Boone was a rarity during her time, a female African-American inventor. In her patent application, she wrote that the purpose of her invention was “to produce a cheap, simple, convenient and highly effective device, particularly adapted to be used in ironing the sleeves and bodies of ladies’ garments.” Prior to that time, most people ironed using a board of wood rested across a pair of chairs or tables. She was living in New Haven, Connecticut, when her patent was granted in 1892. She died in 1904.

Source: https://www.biography.com/inventor/sarah-boone