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NMAAHC Education

Smithsonian Staff

Greetings from the Education Team of the National Museum of African American History and Culture!!

The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture.

We are excited to share objects, stories, and resources that tell American history through the African American lens!   Our Learning Lab collections provide ways to explore well-known and lesser-known moments of history by utilizing objects, documents, imagery, and videos to enhance content knowledge, hone historical thinking skills and inspire users to see themselves as agents of change. 

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All Aboard "The Real McCoy": How Elijah McCoy Changed Transportation

<p>Elijah McCoy's work was an integral part of the industrial revolution. Born to fugitive slaves who escaped from Kentucky to Ontario, Canada via the Underground Railroad, Elijah was always a curious kid who was interested in how things worked. He got a mechanical engineering apprenticeship in Edinburgh, Scotland and later on was employed by the Michigan Railroad as a fireman. It was his experience working with trains that inspired his invention, the lubricating cup, along with at least 40 lubricating devices that he patented. These devices were used in trains, ships, and factories, laying the foundation for faster transportation and manufacturing of goods that. </p> <p>Along with learning about Elijah McCoy, students will cover the application of constant rates of change, and exponential growth. To complete this lesson, students will need to be familiar with the concept of graphing and will leave with a better understanding of formulating linear and exponential equations.</p>
NMAAHC Education