Q:

Who was Lawrence P. Ray?

A:

Quick Answer

Lawrence P. Ray, also known as Lloyd Ray, was an African-American inventor who received a patent for an improved dust pan. The dustpan was designed for use in commercial and industrial settings.

Continue Reading

Full Answer

The inventor received a patent for the modified dust pan on Aug. 3, 1897. The original design of the dust pan required the user to crouch down and use a handheld brush to sweep up debris. In Ray’s new design, a long stick is inserted in the back of the pan to allow the holder to sweep while standing. This allows for speedier cleaning and reduced potential strain on the user.

Learn more about Inventions

Related Questions

Explore