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Garrett Morgan, Traffic Signal Inventor

Garrett MorganEver wonder what driving would be like without traffic signals? Garrett Augustus Morgan, Sr., did. Driving through Cleveland, Ohio, where he owned a prosperous sewing machine repair and tailoring business, the Kentucky-born son of slaves was keenly aware of the danger of collisions…

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Exhibit: African-American Imprint, L.A., Calif.

The America I Am – The African-American Imprint exhibition is currently on view at the California Science Center Exposition Park in Los Angeles, CA, from October 30, 2009 to April 10, 2010. Celebrating nearly 500 years of African American contributions, the exhibition presents a historical continuum of pivotal moments in courage, conviction, and creativity that solidifies the undeniable imprint of African Americans across the nation and around the world.

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Activity: Who Invented the Cotton Gin?

In this activity, students debate who invented the cotton gin. They come to realize the complexity of the seemingly simple historical statement: “Eli Whitney invented the cotton gin.” A follow-up discussion explores the nature of invention, the importance of history, and the nature of historical evidence.

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