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Garrett Morgan
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Garrett Augustus Morgan
Born (1878-03-04)March 4, 1878
Died August 27, 1963(1963-08-27) (aged 86)
Other names Big Chief Mason
Occupation Inventor, Entrepreneur
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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