Alfred L. Cralle
Ice Cream Mold
Patent No. 576.395
(Feb. 2, 1897)
Alfred Cralle was the first African-American in Pittsburgh to receive a patent for his invention, an ice cream mold, that was avaluable household article.
A native of Virginia, he was born in Lunenberg County on September 4, 1866, and educated in the common schools of the county.
Cralle later took advanced courses at Wayland Seminary in Washington, D.C. He worked with his father in the carpenter trade as a young man and became interested in mechanics, before attending the Seminary. Later, he settled in Pittsburgh where he served as a porter in Markell Brothers' drug store and the St. Charles Hotel. He was named assistant manager when the Afro-American Financial, Accumulating, Merchandise and Business Association was organized.