Lunsford Richardson invented Vicks Vaporub
Vicks was invented by a Black man named Lunsford Richardson

A little Black History Month Fact. Remember as a child, in the wintertime, when you got sick and your Mother used to soak a sock in Vicks and put it around your neck, kiss you goodnight and you would wakeup relieved of sickness?

Well in 1880, a brother named Lunsford Richardson, from Selma North Carolina, invented a remedy we now call Vick’s VapoRub. He invented it one day when three of his children became sick. The actual name came from his brother-in-law Joshua “Vick”. He thought Vick was more fly than his own name.

Cheers, Mr. Richardson.



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