Google honors Engineer, Elijah McCoy with a new Doodle

Google honors the Black inventor who likely inspired the phrase "the real McCoy"

Monday, and you'll see a doodle of a Black man next to a stack of patents

Green Star

That's Elijah McCoy, the revolutionary Black inventor who was born 178 years ago

McCoy's parents escaped slavery in Kentucky on the Underground Railroad and settled in Canada

At age 15, McCoy traveled to Edinburgh, Scotland to study mechanical engineering.

McCoy went to work as a fireman for the Michigan Central Railroad, where part of his job was to lubricate engine parts

That's when McCoy had his big idea: an automatic lubricator that kept engines oiled while they were in operation.

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