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Boyd, Henry

(born: 1802  -  died: 1866) 

Henry Boyd, who was born a slave in Kentucky, was an inventor, carpenter, and a master mechanic. He invented the corded bed - The Boyd Bedstead. His profits from his carpentry work also allowed him to buy his own and his family's freedom. In 1843 he was among the most successful furniture makers in Cincinnati, Ohio. For more see The Mis-education of the Negro, by C. G. Woodson; Created Equal, by J. M. Brodie; C. G. Woodson, "The Negroes of Cincinnati prior to the Civil War," The Journal of Negro History, vol. 1, issue 1 (Jan. 1916), p. 21; and History of the Negro Race in America, 1619-1880 by G. W. Williams.


Cited in this Entry

NKAA Source: The Mis-education of the Negro
NKAA Source: Created equal : the lives and ideas of Black American innovators
NKAA Source: The Journal of Negro history (periodical)
NKAA Source: History of the Negro race in America, 1619-1880

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“Boyd, Henry,” Notable Kentucky African Americans Database, accessed April 20, 2021,

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