Hi, I'm Jemma, aged 18 from Ireland. Studying Pharmaceutical and Industrial Chemistry in University of Limerick. My hobbies are kayaking, ceìli dancing, swimming, reading, listening to music and watching movies.
The Lake Erie crib disaster of July 1916 proved to be the defining moment for Morgan and his mask. Following an explosion in a tunnel under construction deep below Lake Erie, Morgan and his brother Frank donned his safety hoods and made four trips through smoke and toxic gases to rescue workers. Along with citations, including a gold medal from the city of Cleveland, came orders for Morgan Safety Hoods from fire and police departments and mining companies nationwide. Some orders, however, were rescinded after it was revealed that the mask’s inventor was black. The dramatic tunnel rescues also led to a contract with the U.S. Navy to develop the hood for combat use. By World War I, Morgan had modified the mask to carry its own air supply, creating the first gas mask, which by 1917 was standard equipment for the U.S. Army.
Did you know that Garrett Augustus Morgan invented the gas mask (among many other useful items)? Learn more about this fascinating inventor, entrepreneur, community leader, and unsung hero in the Oxford African American Studies Center.
Image credit: Garrett A. Morgan rescuing a man at the 1917 Lake Erie Crib Disaster. Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.
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