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Garrett Morgan

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Birthday
4, 1877
Birthplace
Paris, KY
Death Date
Aug 27, 1963 (86)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
4, 1877
Birthplace
Paris, KY
Death Date
Aug 27, 1963 (86)

About

African American inventor of the three-position traffic signal and one of the first gas masks, which he called a Safety Hood. He made a heroic rescue in 1916 when he and three others used his safety hood device to save workers trapped in a water intake tunnel being dug under Lake Erie after a natural gas explosion and fire.

Before Fame

He hired his own tutor with the wages he earned as a handyman for a rich Cincinnati landowner.

Trivia

He was the first African American living in Cleveland, Ohio to buy and own an automobile.

Family Life

He married his second wife, Mary Anne Hassek, in 1908 and had three children.

Associated With

He and George Washington Carver were both listed in Molefi Kete Asante's 2002 book of 100 Greatest African Americans.