DOI: 10.5040/9781770917095.00000006
Acts: 2. Roles: Male (5) , Female (2) , Neutral (0)

Elijah McCoy, born in Canada to runaway American slaves, showed so much promise in school that he won a scholarship to study mechanical engineering at Edinburgh University. McCoy moved to the US, where no one believed a black man could be an engineer and so he was set to stoking boilers. Nevertheless, McCoy devised a solution to one of the greatest problems facing steam locomotion that was sold worldwide with the marketers' proviso that McCoy's race be concealed.

From The Real McCoy


Playwrights Canada Press

Andrew Moodie

ISBN: 9780887549885

Series: Playwrights Canada Press

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