Anna Mangin (1844 – 1931)
Anna Mangin was awarded a patent in 1892 for the Pastry Fork. The designed allowed the user to beat eggs, mash potatoes, prepare salad dressing, and work together butter and flour without having to touch the food with his or her hands.
In 1893, Mangin’s Pastry Fork was displayed at the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. Hers was one of a limited number of non-white exhibits included. Magnin’s invention helped future black inventors win patents and be featured at public exhibitions.