The birthplace in Paris, KY of Garrett A. Morgan, an African-American inventor who invented the gas mask in 1912 and the tri-color traffic signal in 1923, is marked with a Kentucky Highway Historical Marker that also includes information on the Branch School where Morgan was educated. The Branch School was located in the Negro hamlet named Claysville on the outskirts of Paris that sprang up immediately after the Civil War and provided a place for the newly freed slaves in the area to live. In addition, an exhibit on Garrett A. Morgan is displayed at the Hopewell Museum, just a few blocks from the marker. Here you can read about this famous Kentuckian’s impact on the world and see some of his invention ideas. Make plans to travel to Paris, Kentucky to learn more about the life and times of Garrett A. Morgan.