Elijah McCoy was born May 2, 1844 in Colchester, Ontario. His parents, George and Emillia, were former slaves who escaped from Kentucky via the Underground Railroad. His first invention, a lubricating cup was used in steam cylinders of the trains and other machinery. Some of Elijah’s other inventions were the ironing board and the lawn sprinkler. During his lifetime, Elijah was awarded over 57 patents and became known as one of the great Black inventors of the 19th century.