Sarah Elisabeth <I>Jacobs</I> Goode

Sarah Elisabeth Jacobs Goode

Toledo, Lucas County, Ohio, USA
Death 8 Apr 1905 (aged 49–50)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot Section P, Lot 5 south half, space 7-not marked
Memorial ID 133595566 · View Source
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Sarah E. Goode (1855 – April 8, 1905

Born into slavery in 1850, inventor and entrepreneur Sarah E. Goode was the first African-American woman to be granted a patent by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, for her invention of a folding cabinet bed in 1885. She died in 1905.

After receiving her freedom at the end of the Civil War, Goode moved to Chicago and eventually became an entrepreneur. Along with her husband Archibald, a carpenter, she owned a furniture store. Many of her customers, who were mostly working-class, lived in small apartments and didn't have much space for furniture, including beds.

As a solution to the problem, Goode invented a cabinet bed, which she described as a "folding bed," similar to what nowadays would be called a Murphy bed. When the bed was not being used, it could also serve as a roll-top desk, complete with compartments for stationery and other writing supplies.


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  • Find a Grave Memorial 133595566
  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Sarah Elisabeth Jacobs Goode (1855–8 Apr 1905), Find a Grave Memorial no. 133595566, citing Graceland Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by R.C. (contributor 47303570) .