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Garrett Morgan’s History and Accomplishments
Garrett Morgan, born in 1877 in Kentucky, is the son of freed slaves. Morgan achieved a level of success unheard of for an African American man. He only had a sixth grade education. Garrett was fascinated with how things worked.
His curiosity led him to Cleveland, where he spent many years of his adult life as an inventor, businessman, and political leader. He filed many patents, he is best known for three inventions.
- A chemical hair processing and straightening solution
- The smoke hood, more commonly known as the gas mask
- He developed the three-signal traffic light