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January 16, 2008

C B. Brooks- Black man who invented the Street Sweeper

C. B Brooks designed the street sweeper and got it patentedMarch 17, 1896.   Before his invention streets were cleaned manually

by workers who picked up trash by hand or sweeping it with brooms.

Brooks invention was composed of a truck with a series of broom-

like brushes attached which pushed trash and debris off onto

the side of the road.

              The streetsweeper faced resentment from workers

who felt they could do a better job. Yet, as cities grew

bigger amd more and more litter accumulated, the

streetsweeper became indispensable.

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