published Thursday, March 20th, 2014

'Bright Ideas' highlights black inventors

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    Garrett A. Morgan, inventor of the traffic light, is one of the inventors highlighted in the exhibit.
    Photo by Contributed Photo /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

"Bright Ideas: African American Inventors and Inventions" has opened at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center, 200 E. M.L. King Blvd.

Curated by John Edwards of the Mary Walker Foundation, the exhibit highlights the contributions of black inventors and inspire others through their accomplishments, according to a news release.

The exhibit, made up of both panels and artifacts, features inventions that are part of everyday American life, such as Garrett A. Morgan's traffic light, Alfred L. Cralle's ice cream scooper and the Super Soaker water gun patented by Lonnie Johnson. African-American offerings to the fields of aerospace, health care, communication, science, engineering, agriculture and transportation will be represented.

"Bright Ideas" will run through June 14. The Bessie is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $7 adults, $5 seniors and students, $3 children ages 6-12.

For more information, call 423-266-8658 or visit

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