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Elijah McCoy

Elijah McCoy’s parents were runaway slaves who escaped to Canada on the Underground Railroad. Born in Colchester, Ontario in 1843, McCoy went to Edinburgh, Scotland to study mechanical engineering when he was 15. McCoy revolutionized the locomotive industry in 1872 when he invented his steam engine lubricator, which oiled the moving parts of a steam engine while it was in transit.

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