Episode 5: “Ohio v. Invention” (Garrett Morgan). Alex travels to Cleveland to meet with Sandra Morgan, the granddaughter of one of most important inventors in U.S. history, Garrett A. Morgan. We discuss his prolific ability to invent things like: the modern traffic light, hair relaxer and the gas mask. Sandra talks about her grandpa, the son of Kentucky slaves, and his journey to overcome racism and discrimination to be known as the “Black Edison” in Cleveland, Ohio.
Alex and Sandra discuss famous events like the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in 1911, the first use of chemical weapons in World War I and the Lake Erie Crib Disaster and Garrett Morgan’s role in all those transformative and tragic events.
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