Garrett Morgan

Garrett Morgan invented practical solutions. He’d accumulated great wealth this way and still, his best ideas were rooted in humanity.

It’s 1922 and cars, animal-drawn wagons, cyclists even pedestrians are sharing the same roadway. Precarious. Hand-cranked traffic signals exist but only have two positions: stop and go. Witnessing a horrid crash, Mr. Morgan contemplated: what if there was a third, perhaps yellow transition, between red and green?

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