Garret Agustus Morgan


(1877-1963)





Garret Agustus Morgan was an African American buisnessman


and inventor whose curiosity and innovation led to the developement


of many useful and helpful products. Being the son of former slaves, Garret


A. Morgan was born in Paris, Kentucky on March 4, 1877. A practical man


of humble beings, Morgan devoted his life to creating things that made the lives


of other people safer and more convenient. During his childhood he spent his time


working on his families farm. In his teen year he left Kentucy and moved north to


Cincinnati and continued his studies in English grammer. Among his inventions was


an early traffic signal. Indeed it was Morgans experience while driving along the streets


of Clevland, Ohio that lead to the invention of the nations first traffic signal.


Around 1920. On July 25, 1916, Morgan made the national news for using a gas mask


he had invented to rescue several men trapped during an explosion in an under ground


tunnel beneath Lake Erie.