Cleveland in Cuyahoga County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Garrett A. Morgan
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In 1910, Garrett Morgan invented the curve-toothed hair-straightening comb, and four years later patented the safety hood, the forerunner of the gas mask used in the 1916 Lake Erie Crib disaster and further developed and used in World War I. He also invented the traffic signal and sold his patented rights to General Electric Company. He was a founding member of the Cleveland Association of Colored Men and served as treasurer. He continued to invent tools, gadgets, and devices well into his 70s. He died in 1963 while preparing an exhibition of his life's work for an exposition in Chicago.
Erected 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
Location. 41° 30.897′ N, 81° 39.121′ W. Marker is in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker is on East 55th Street near Harlem Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cleveland OH 44103, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. League Park (approx. half a mile away); The Yellow House (approx. ¾ mile away); Old Dunham Tavern Garden (approx. 0.8 miles away); Dunham Tavern (approx. 0.9 miles away); Colonel Charles Young (approx. 0.9 miles away); Sarah Benedict House (approx. one mile away); The History of Hough (1799-1979) (approx. one mile away); Upbeat (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cleveland.
More about this marker. The marker is not in front of Morgan's house on Harlem Avenue, contrary to what the text might suggest. The address, however, is just around the corner and might easily be reached either on foot or by car.
Categories. • African Americans • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 1,940 times since then and 110 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on April 12, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.