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Garrett A. Morgan

Written by Elijah Oliver

This week on Black History Year I am going to talk about another important inventor who helped set the pathway for many people.

Garrett A. Morgan was an inventor who was born in Paris, Kentucky in the year of 1877. Growing up, he spent most of his time on a farm and his parents were former slaves. When he moved to Ohio he became a tutor and worked many jobs. One was being a sewing machine repair man. He eventually saved enough money to wear he could make his own sewing machine business. He then expanded this by making a tailoring business. During the 1910s and 1920s, he created many inventions that improved safety on the streets. Garrett was the creator of the stoplight which made safer for drivers and pedestrians. He also created his version of the gas mask which was utilized by the united stated army and firefighter who found his design superior to others.

At the age of 96 on August 27, 1963, Morgan died. Morgan spent most of life searching for inventions to create to help better the world around us. Through his hard work and the obstacles that he was able to climb over, he showed that anyone can do anything as long as they put their mind to it and don’t give up.

Source: http://www.ohiohistorycentral.org/w/Garrett_A._Morgan

Photo By: Western Reserve Historical Society

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Elijah Oliver