Garrett Augustus Morgan
March 4, 1878|
August 27, 1963 (aged 86)|
|Other names||Big Chief Mason|
|Known for||Inventor of a type of traffic signal and a respiratory protective hood|
Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr. (March 4, 1877 – July 27, 1963) was an African-American inventor and community leader.
He is known for his inventions which included a type of protective respiratory hood (or gas mask), a traffic signal, and a hair-straightening chemical. He is also known for a heroic rescue in 1916 in which he and three others used the safety hood device he'd 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.
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Media related to Garrett Morgan at Wikimedia Commons
- The Encyclopedia of Cleveland History - Waterworks Disasters
- Images from Morgan's patents
- Garrett A. Morgan at Find a Grave