Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. was born in Claysville, Kentucky back in 1877 to Sydney and Elizabeth. He attended the Branch Elementary School but left at the age of 14 and moved to Cincinnati, Ohio. He worked as a handyman, until 1895 when he moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He started out repairing sewing machines for a clothing manufacturer.
He was so good at repairing the machines he started his own business in 1907. By 1910, he had 32 employees making coast, suits, dresses and other clothing. In 1916, he used a hood designed by him to rescue some workers trapped in a water intake tunnel 50 ft. below Lake Erie. That invention is the precursor to the modern hoods that firemen wear today when entering a burning building, helping them to breath while fighting fires. He also invented the three position traffic signal, although refined is still in use to this day.
What you may not know about Garrett is that he was an African-American, quite unusual for that time in our history. He also invented a self-extinguishing cigarette and hair care products.
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