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Lunchtime Local History Program: February 28

Garrett Morgan: African-American Inventor

The first of our 2018 collaborations with the Lorain Public Library System is the Lunchtime Local History Program.  The first lunchtime talk will be held on February 28 at 12 Noon, and the Main Branch of the Lorain Public Library System, featuring the Cleveland civic-minded inventor Garrett Morgan.

Garrett Morgan blazed a trail for African-American inventors with his patents, including those for a hair-straightening product, a breathing device, a revamped sewing machine and an improved traffic signal.

With only an elementary school education, Garrett Morgan, born in Kentucky on March 4, 1877, began his career as a sewing-machine mechanic. He went on to patent several inventions, including an improved sewing machine and traffic signal, a hair-straightening product, and a respiratory device that would later provide the blueprint for WWI gas masks. The inventor died on July 27, 1963, in Cleveland, Ohio.

The program is presented by the Western Reserve Historical Society. Light refreshments will be served.