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The profiles below help to illustrate to multiple facets to the contributions of African Americans throughout all phases of the auto industry.


Renown inventor and scientist George Washington Carver had a unique relationship with Henry Ford. Later in the life of both men, they two forged a friendship rooted in mutual respect.


In the face of adversity, Ed Davis became the first African-American to operate a dealership for a major auto company.


As the race to find the right mix of price and function raged on C.R. Patterson and Sons decided to apply their skills and became the first African-American automotive manufacturers


Early union organizing often centered around the centers of thrust and influence within cultural communities.  Rev. Charles Hill represented one of those trusted voices who helped connect those efforts in the African-American community.


Having formed an unlikely friendship with a young Henry Ford, William Perry eventually became the first African American salaried employee of the Ford Motor Co.


This video chronicles the role of African-American women played in the early auto industry all the way through World War II.


Take a look at a brief history of African Americans in the auto industry though the first half of the 20th century.