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Brewman_Jax Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-05-06 10:06 AM
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29. Inventor Granville T. Woods
who is a recent inductee into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Akron, OH. Article is at

Some of his noted inventions are the electric 3rd rail and the Railway Telegraph that allowed real-time communications between moving trains and railway stations. This improved railway safety immeasurably.

Though a known and respected inventor, he was still a black man in segregated America and frequently had to defend himself and his inventions in court. He had to defend himself against Thomas Edison twice, winning both times. He didn't enjoy financial success in spite of his inventions. He was nearly broke at his death in 1910.

Woods was called the "black Thomas Edison". Maybe Edison should've been called the "white Granville Woods".
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