LEWIS HOWARD QUINCY LATIMER
"His work in science was an achievement and his personal life was a work of art."
– Amsterdam News, 1928
Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts
SEPTEMBER 4TH, 1848
Lewis Howard Quincy Latimer was of the colored race, the only one in the organization, and was one of those to respond to the initial call that led to the formation of the Edison Pioneers, January 24th, 1918. Broadmindedness, versatility in the accomplishment of things intellectual and cultural, a linguist, a devoted husband and father, all were characteristic of him and his genial presence will be missed from our gatherings.
– Edison Pioneers' Lewis Latimer Obituary
LEWIS H. LATIMER SOCIETY & MUSEUM
Founded in 1997, The Lewis H. Latimer Society & Museum established in Chelsea, Massachusetts, reflects much of the personality and vision of its namesake, Lewis Howard Quincy Latimer. The Society has embarked on the journey to collect and preserve materials which redress the historical balance and representation of the African-American community of Chelsea. The Latimer Society’s mission is to locate, collect, analyze, organize and preserve African-American historical contributions used to educate, empower and interpret in Chelsea, Suffolk County, and the nation.
Lewis Latimer's Apparatus for Cooling and Disinfecting patent from 1886 remains relevant during the COVID-19 pandemic. His innovation and further innovations are being readily sought after and utilized nowadays in hospitals and commercially even more.