Inventors are inspirational. Sarah E. Goode was an inventor and entrepreneur. She was the first or one of the first, depending on the source, African-American women to receive a patent. She invented the cabinet bed.
Sarah Elizabeth Jacobs was born in 1855 in Toledo, Ohio. She had six siblings. Her father was a carpenter. After the American Civil War, her family moved to Chicago, Illinois. In Chicago, she met and married Archibald “Archie” Goode. They had six children, half of whom lived into adulthood. Archie was a carpenter and together they opened a furniture store.
Sarah’s invention idea came from the fact that most people she knew in Chicago lived in small homes or studios without room for much furniture. She invented the cabinet bed, so that people could make better use of their available space. The bed would fold up to reveal storage compartments and look like a desk. Sarah received her patent on July 14, 1885. She could then sell her cabinet bed and solve the problem of people not having the space for both items of furniture if sold separately.
Sarah Elizabeth Goode died in 1905 in Chicago. Her inspiration led to invention and to the inspiration of many people. Be inspired! Have a bright day!