Black History Month Innovation: Sarah E. Goode

Sarah E. Goode

Patent by Sarah E. Goode, by Krhaydon Public Domain, wikipedia


In 1884, a Chicago furniture store owner named Sarah E. Goode invented a folding cabinet bed to fit in small homes. Goode wanted to make it possible for people living in small homes to have furniture that fit in restricted space. When folded, the cabinet bed looks like a desk. Goode is now known as the first African American woman to receive a patent, on July 14, 1885. Today, there’s a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education school in Chicago named after Sarah E. Goode.

Further Exploration at

Available at Multnomah County Library: Sweet Dreams, Sarah by Vivian Kirkfield 


You have a pic of the wrong Sarah Good/Goode
You have a pic of the wrong Sarah Good/Goode
We have removed the image in question. Thank you for letting us know.
she is the inveter of the fold bed
Can you help students like me understand her invention more??
Hi. We would be happy to help you and your class. Could you please contact us through this page so we can get back to you?
I need more about her childhood and what it was like come on plssss
u need 2 add more info
My opinion is that maybe you should put in some stuff about her education. To be a carpenter, she would need to know how to write, read, add, and know how different mecahnisims work.

Add new comment