Elijah McCoy 1843-1929

  • George and Mildred McCoy were slaves who had escaped to Canada from Kentucky.

  • In high school Elijah excelled in science and mathematics. After graduating from high school he went to Edinburgh, Scotland to serve a five year apprenticeship to train as a railroad engineer.

  • After the Civil War the George McCoy family moved to Ypsilanti from Canada.

  • During his lifetime Elijah McCoy registered more than 57 patents.

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