Detroit’s Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History will be featured on this week’s episode of Travel Channel’s nationally syndicated program, Mysteries at the Museum. Mysteries host Don Wildman interviews Wright Museum curator Patrina Chapman on the life and legacy of African American inventor, Garret Morgan, and the museum’s collection which houses a variety of his artifacts. The episode, titled “Killer Bees, Road Map Creation, Gas Mask” will air on Travel Channel this Friday, May 1, at 9 P.M. EST.
Morgan (1877 – 1963), inventor of the safety helmet, more commonly known as the gas mask, originally gained recognition for his proficiency in repairing sewing machines. After opening and maintaining his own repair company, he then focused on inventions that would improve societal deficiencies, such as the regulation of traffic with the stoplight.
“[Morgan] was an inventor more than anything,” said Chapman. “But he was an inventor during a time when things were very difficult for Black people.”
A Morgan-designed safety helmet is displayed in The Wright Museum’s exhibition, Inspiring Minds: African Americans in Science & Technology. This exhibit, which opened in 2012, highlights trailblazers, contemporaries and careers in the S.T.E.M. fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and has become a popular tour destination for area schools.
The Wright’s featured episode also airs May 2, 3, 21 and 22 on the Travel Channel. Mysteries at the Museum debuted on the Travel Channel in 2010 and highlights unusual and interesting artifacts acquired by museums around the world.
The Wright’s S.T.E.M.-related programming continues Tuesday, May 5 at 6 P.M. with the 17th Annual Ford Freedom Award, which honors African American inventor Elijah McCoy. Presented by the Ford Motor Company, this year’s program includes a concert by Grammy® nominated artist Ledisi at the Max M. Fisher Music Center in Detroit. For additional event and ticket information, call the Max M. Fisher Music Center (Orchestra Hall) box office at (313) 576-5111 or visit FordFreedomAward.com.
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