Mr. Charles Richard Patterson, founder of first Black owned automobile manufacturing company
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.
Here's an brief article that appeared on the africana.com website