Black History Month brings out little known facts that often times go UN-celebrated and UN SUNG Case in point,,is the person invented the modern day elevator. History will tell you that Elisha Otis invented the elevator but if we delve deeper we will find that Alexander Miles -An AFRICAN-AMERICAN inventor- invented and PERFECTED the MODERN-DAY elevator! More after the jump!
Miles, who was born in Duluth, Minnesota, designed an elevator that was able to open and close its own doors and the elevator shaft doors. When the elevator would arrive or depart from a given floor, the doors would move automatically. Previously, the opening and closing of the doors of both the shaft and the elevator had to be completed manually by either the elevator operator or by passengers, contributing greatly to the hazards of operating an elevator.
Miles attached a flexible belt to the elevator cage, and when the belt came into contact with drums positioned along the elevator shaft just above and below the floors, it allowed the elevator shaft doors to operate at the appropriate times. The elevator doors themselves were automated through a series of levers and rollers.
So when this question comes up on Jeopardy, now you will know the TRUE answer.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH 2017
Black History is all of our history!
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