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BLACK HISTORY: Garrett Morgan-Inventor of Gas Mask and Traffic Signal

 

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Today we remember Garrett Morgan, an African American inventor born March 4, 1877. Morgan invented the gas mask and the traffic signal. He was awarded a patent for his Safety Hood and Smoke Protector in 1914. In a 1916 heroic rescue, Morgan and three others used his safety hood device to save workers trapped in a tunnel under Lake Erie.  A natural gas explosion and fire took the lives of workers, the first police officers and firefighters who attempted the initial rescue. 

In 1923 Morgan was granted the patent for the traffic signal, which he also had patented in Great Britain and Canada.

 

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