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. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 41° 30.897′ N, 81° 39.121′ W. Marker was in Cleveland, Ohio, in Cuyahoga County. Marker was on East 55th Street near Harlem Avenue, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker was 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 location, 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.
Also see . . . Wikipedia Entry. “Garrett Morgan invented a safety hood smoke protection device after seeing firefighters struggling from the smoke they encountered in the line of duty. ... He was able to sell his invention around the country, sometimes using the tactic of having a hired white actor take credit rather than revealing himself as its inventor. ... It was patented and awarded a gold medal two years later by the International Association of Fire Chiefs.” (Submitted on November 18, 2017.)
1. Marker missing?
As of July of 2014 it appears the marker is missing. The pole is still there. The marker may have been moved from 5204 Howell Avenue, to this location as to be more visible, since the house is no longer there.
— Submitted November 19, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
Categories. • African Americans • Science & Medicine •
Credits. This page was last revised on February 23, 2018. This page originally submitted on April 12, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. This page has been viewed 2,107 times since then. This page was the Marker of the Week November 19, 2017. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on April 12, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. 3. submitted on November 18, 2017, by J. J. Prats of Powell, Ohio. 4. submitted on April 12, 2009, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio.