16 Feb

CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It’s a history lesson wrapped into artwork.

Christie Ileto explains how a Baltimore artist is paying tribute to little known African-American inventors for Black History Month.

Each painting in Mark Cottman’s Federal Hill gallery tells a story, but his latest creation tells about 50!

The piece “African-American Inventions” is the Baltimore native’s latest invention.

It ties into Black History Month “by giving credit to some of the unsung heroes of inventions that are not really referenced in history books,” Cottman said.

In the artwork, Cottman pays tribute to black pioneering inventors like George Grant, who invented the golf tee to Henry Sampson’s invention of the cell phone.

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“I wanted to hopefully get people interested in history, maybe get some young people interested in math and sciences. Hopefully some of the people who look at the piece will be able to dream they can do…

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