28 days of Black Inventions
February 2nd, 2017
As we normally do this time of year, we’re going to celebrate Black History Month by acknowledging 28 of the most influential, world changing inventions by Black People. Our goal is to shed light on some inventions that most people probably didn’t know about, some of the lessor known inventions as well some of the more notable inventions. So join us on our 28 day journey and you might learn a thing or two.
If you thought being a Fireman was a dangerous job, you’re right. Now imagine being a Fireman anytime before 1912. Firefighters would have the difficult task of trying to rescue people in burning smoke filled buildings without an adequate breathing aid. On many occasions the Firemen would lose heir own lives trying to save others due to smoke inhalation.
Garrett A. Morgan
There was a gentleman who studied these horrific occurrences and decided to do something about it. In 1912 he invented and received a patent for a product called “The Safety Hood” designed to help Firefighters breathe in fresh air as they enter smoke filled environments. It wasn’t the 1st such device created but it was much simpler and easier to put on.
This product would change the world, in 1916 there was an explosion of a tunnel under Lake Erie. Several workers were stuck, Morgan and a few of his men rushed inside wearing his Safety Hood and brought all of the men out to safety. The world was amazed and began to receive a massive amount of orders. Years later the Safety hood would receive many improvements on its design allowing it to store oxygen. it was the birth of the Gas Mask. The US Gov’t made it part of their officers standard equipment. Garrett Morgan would go on to create many things, but this helped change the world.
Editors Note: We Wrote A story about Mr Garrett A.Morgan in a previous blog you can read it here.