Did you know there was an African American owned automobile manufacturer? The C.R. Patterson & Son Carriage Company of Greenfield, Ohio became the nation’s, and the world’s, first and only African-American founded and owned automobile manufacturing company. The company began as a manufacturer of horse drawn carriages and ended up as a manufacturer of buses for both urban transportation systems and rural school needs.
In 1915 they came out with an automobile that was considered more sophisticated than Henry Ford’s Model T cars.