Black History Month: Honoring a Cleveland inventor

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Honoring legends in their field.

This month, we’re celebrating the contributions of African Americans in Northeast Ohio with some help from our good friend and very special guest, Kym Sellers.

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Today we honor Garrett Morgan, a man who moved to Cleveland in the late 1800s and made a name for himself in 1916 when he invented the gas mask. It was part of a rescue effort to save hundreds of people who were trapped in a tunnel under Lake Erie.

His greatest invention came in 1923 when he created a patent for the T-shaped traffic signal.

Morgan eventually sold the rights to his invention for $40,000.

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