Garrett Morgan – Inventor of the Gas Mask and Traffic Signal –
Garrett Morgan, an African-American inventor and community leader. His most notable inventions included a type of protective respiratory hood (or gas mask), a traffic signal, and a hair-straightening chemical. He is renowned for a heroic rescue in 1916 in which he and three others used the safety hood device he had developed to save workers trapped within a water intake tunnel, fifty feet beneath Lake Erie. He is also credited as the first African American in Cleveland, Ohio, to own an automobile. Morgan was included in the 2002 book 100 Greatest African Americans by Molefi Kete Asante – Wikipedia.
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