Sarah Goode was an entrepreneur and inventor. She was the first African American woman to receive a United States patent, of her invention of a folding cabinet bed. Goode’s invention helped people who lived in tight housing to utilize their space efficiently. When the bed was folded up, it looked like a desk, with room for storage. She received a patent for it on July 14, 1885. Her invention was influenced the murphy bed, which was patented in 1900.