If you think to yourself, oh what if there was no traffic light,
man who invented the traffic lights- The black man Garrett A. MOrgan.
That, like the other black inventors is something to bookmark. If you
did not know, you just learned a new fact. 🙂
But moving on to Garrett Morgan , he was born in
Paris Kentucky and worked in a family farm. In Cleveland
1895, he began work as a sewing machine repair man for
a clothing manufacturer and then open his own
shop in 1907.
The company produced coats, suits and dresses
all sewn with materials Morgan created himself. In the
year 1920(Harlem Renaissance era) he moved into the
newspaper business founding the Cleveland Call.
ONe of Morgan’s inventions was the traffic signal.
Morgan decided to make the traffic signal because
he witnessed a collision between a car and a horse-drawn
carriage. He wanted to make traffic safety better.
(I wish todays people would drive better. Being in a rush,
you never know what could happen, so a normal speed
is the safe way.)
Garrett A. MOrgan got his patent for the traffic signal
November 20, 1923. It keeps getting better because Garrett
also invented a zigzag stitching attachment for a manually
operated sewing machine.
This man made national news for inventing and using
a gas mask. He used his own invented gas mask to save
several men trapped during an explosion in an
underground tunnel right underneath Lake Erie.
(See how important history is, but especially BLACK history.)
Guess what his invention was used for? 1,2,3……….
Garrett A MOrgan’s invention- the gas mask was refined
and used by the U.S. Army during World War I
in 1921. As more people found out about Morgan’s
life-saving inventions in North America and England,
people wanted more of these producs.
Garrett was constantly invited to conventions and
public exhibitions to show just how these inventions worked.
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