Reopening for Juneteenth, a Museum Celebrating a Black Inventor #Juneteenth2024

The Lewis Latimer House Museum in Queens held a special Juneteenth reopening today. The museum has just undergone a large renovation. The new exhibits not only honor Latimer’s many contributions, they also bring his ideas into the present to highlight the lingering influences of his work. Lewis Latimer was a prominent inventor, draftsman, and engineer who lived and worked in the 1800s.

Via last Friday’s edition of New York Today, a New York Times newsletter:

Inside, the walls have been painted bright blue, and there are illuminated letters spelling out “Light Up the World.” They are LEDs, a technology that is superseding the incandescent designs that Latimer helped to perfect — and that Ran Yan, the museum’s director, said she was certain that Latimer would have had ideas to improve had LEDs existed in his day.

Learn more about the museum and how to plan your visit here:

The Lewis Latimer House is a historic house museum situated in Flushing, New York. The museum is dedicated to raising awareness about the fascinating life of Lewis Howard Latimer, an African American inventor, electrical pioneer, artist, and much more! At the museum, you can learn about Latimer’s life and engage in local community events. Furthermore, we offer virtual STEAM education opportunities for students of all ages! Learn more about Latimer by visiting us at LLHM and through our virtual programming for students and adults!


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