Miriam E. Benjamin was a school teacher living in Washington.
She received a patent for the Gong and Signal Chair for Hotels.
Her chair as expressed in her patent form would decrease
the expenses of hotels by Reducing the amount of waiters
and attendants. This will make it more convenient and
comfortable to eliminate the hand clapping of calling aloud
to get the services of pages. (Very organized and Professional,
It’s really nice.)
This system worked by Pressing a small button on the
back of a chair which signaled a waiting attendant.
Simultaneously, the light would illuminate on the chair
and allow the attendant to see which guest needed
(An invention like that could keep business
running smooth flow. People must have
kept returning to the establishments for
more of this.
Ms. Benjamin was the SECOND Black woman to obtain a patent.