The topic of The Paul Bogle is currently trending on social media.
Paul Bogle whom was identified as a Jamaican Baptist deacon who also became a Jamaica National Hero of Jamaica is not the person we thought he was.
The images we grew up seeing on Bogle is actually of Thomas L. Jennings.
Who is Thomas L. Jennings?
Well Thomas L. Jennings (1791–1856) was the first African-American to be granted a patent, March 03, 1821 (U.S. patent 3306x). Jennings’ patent was for a dry cleaning process called “dry scouring”, which would go on to make modern-day dry cleaning possible. In his early 20s he became a tailor but then opened a dry cleaning business in New York City. While running his business Jennings developed dry-scouring and patented the process at age 30.
The patent to Jennings generated considerable controversy during this period. Slaves at this time could not patent their own inventions. This regulation dated back to the U.S. patent laws of 1793. The regulation was based on the legal presumption that “the master is the owner of the fruits of the labor of the slave both manual and intellectual.” Patent courts also held that slaves were not citizens and could not own rights to their inventions. Thomas Jennings, however, was a born a free man and thus was able to gain exclusive rights to his invention and profit from it.
He spent his early earnings on legal fees to purchase his family out of slavery, and much of the remaining portion of his income went to supporting the abolitionist movement. Jennings was also a skilled tradesmen, which aided him in running a successful business, and an abolitionist. In 1861 patent rights were finally extended to slaves, 5 years after Jennings’ death.
News broke earlier today via Dre1allianceEnt instagram page , then twitter has been active since.
Now social media is currently seeking questions as to who is the leader of the 1865 Morant Bay Protesters, who agitated for justice and fair treatment for all the people in Jamaica?
View some of the top tweets below:
Where or who is our great Paul Bogle?