Garrett Morgan (March 4, 1877 – Aug. 27, 1963)
Morgan was an inventor who made both the first traffic signal and the first patented gas mask. He began his career repairing sewing machines. At this time, he created a revamped sewing machine. In the early 1900s, he moved to Ohio and established a hair-refining company that specialized in hair straighteners. He created his famous gas mask breathing apparatus in 1914.
George Washington Carver (January 1864 – Jan. 5, 1943)
Carver was a scientist, inventor and an extraordinary explorer and innovator of agricultural science. His work focused on creating multiple uses for peanuts, soybeans, sweet potatoes and pecans. While teaching at Tuskegee, he taught farmers how to utilize plants to their fullest. Carver also invented plant-based plastics, paints, dyes and gasoline.