Lewis H Latimer House

Address 34-41 137th Street
Queens, NY 11354
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Lewis Latimer, an African American inventor, lived here from 1903 until his death in 1928. Threatened with demolition, the house was moved in 1988. Latimer was a skilled draftsman who worked with Alexander Graham Bell, Hiram S. Maxim, and Thomas Edison. He played a critical role in the development of the telephone and, as Edison`s chief draftsman, invented the carbon filament, a key advancement in the development of incandescent light bulbs. Through exhibitions and programs, Latimer`s life and contributions are celebrated here.

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