Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr.

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Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr.

Birthplace: Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, United States
Death: Died
Place of Burial: Lake View Cemetery Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio
Immediate Family:

Son of Sidney Morgan, slave and alleged son of John Hunt Morgan and Elizabeth Morgan
Husband of Mary Anne Morgan
Ex-husband of Madge Nelson
Father of John P. Morgan; Garrett Augustus Morgan, Jr. and Cosmo Henry Morgan
Brother of Willis Morgan; Rachel Morgan; James Morgan; Mary Morgan; Frank Morgan and 2 others

Occupation: Inventor, Entrepreneur
Managed by: Private User
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About Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr.

Garrett A. Morgan (1877-1963)

Garrett Augustus Morgan was an African American inventor, whose inquisitiveness led to the invention of many valuable and safety devices. Among his creations are the three position traffic signal, hair care products and the Safety Hood and Smoke Protector.

The Three Position Traffic Signal

After witnessing an accident, Garrett Morgan decided that a safety mechanism needed to be created to eliminate the frequent number of collisions. On November 20, 1923, his patent for the three position traffic signal was approved. He later had this invention patented in Canada and Great Britain.

The traffic device was a T-shaped pole, with three indicators: Stop, Go and an all directional stop position, which stopped traffic to allow pedestrians to cross the streets. Morgan’s invention was widely used throughout North America until it was replaced by the automatic red, yellow and green traffic light signals.

Garrett later sold the rights to this invention to the General Electric Corporation. In 1963, he was recognized by the United States Government for improving traffic safety.

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Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr.'s Timeline

Paris, Bourbon County, Kentucky, United States
Age 35
Cuyahoga, OH, USA
Age 37
Age 42
Cuyahoga, OH, USA
August 27, 1963
Age 86
Lake View Cemetery Cleveland Cuyahoga County Ohio