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January 21
P. D. Smith, inventor, patented the Potato Digger on this date in 1891. This instrument helped with efficiency and increased the harvest of potatoes. Patent # 445,206.

Fanny Jackson Coppin, activist, spiritual leader, and educator, died in Philadelphia, PA, on this date in 1913. In 1865, Coppin was one of the first black women to graduate from college.

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