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Black History Month: Elijah McCoy

by on Feb.21, 2010, under Black History Month Project

FOX21 News Highlights Black History month today with a look at Elija McCoy.  In the early 1900′s McCoy rose to heroic status in the African-American community by holding more patents than any other black inventor up to that time.  We have McCoy to thank for things like the lawn sprinkler and the folding ironing board, but most of his work related to steam-engines.  One of his invetions in this field became very popular and widely copied, but many railroad engineers knew quality when they saw it, and insisted their engines be fitted with “the real McCoy.”  For more on Black History month visit our website www.coloradoconnection.com.
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Black History Month: Granville T. Woods

by on Feb.21, 2010, under Black History Month Project

FOX21 News highlights Black History month today with a look at Granville T Woods, also known as the “Black Edison.” In 1901, Woods developed what is known as his most important invention… the power pickup device, what we know today as the “third rail” used by most subways in large cities accross the country. By the time of his death in 1910, Woods had some 60 patents, many of which are still in use today with many major manufacturers of electrical equipment.

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