Elijah McCoy
Updated: 2/24/2019
Elijah McCoy
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Black History Project

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  • 1844
  • Elijah McCoy was born on May 2, 1844, in Colchester, Ontario, Canada after his parents escaped slavery.
  • 1860
  • Elijah McCoy went to Scotland to study mechanical engineering.
  • I'm studying mechanical engineering in Scottland .
  • 1863
  • Elijah McCoy couldn't get a good engineering job because of racial barriers and had to become a fireman and oilman on a train. 
  • Why can't I get a job I studied hard?
  • 1868
  • Elijah McCoy married Ann Elizabeth Stewart in 1868.
  • We're Married!
  • 1872
  • Elijah McCoy invented and patented the automatic lubricating cup.
  • I'm so tired of having to stop every few miles to oil the axles and the bearings, there must be a better way!
  • 1872
  • Elijah McCoy's wife Ann Elizabeth Stewart died four years after their marrige.
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