Elijah McCoy: The Real “Real” McCoy

Inventor and engineer Elijah J. McCoy always had his sights set on improvement. He wanted things to work better and be better which led him to literally create instruments and products that solved problems. McCoy was born in May 1844, in Colchester, Ontario, Canada, to George and Mildred Goins McCoy. The McCoys were fugitive slaves who had escaped from Kentucky to Canada via the Underground Railroad. In 1847, the large family returned to the United States, settling in Ypsilanti, Michigan.