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Charles B. Brooks was an African-American inventor, born in Virginia in 1865. He eventually moved to Newark, New Jersey, in the 1980’s. It 1896, he invented the street sweeper, a truck which had revolving brushes attached to the front fender. He also invented the first paper (or ticket) punch.
Sadly, not much else is known about him.. Here is a video explaining this inventions.
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