Black History Month

Come and celebrate African American Scientists And Engineers

By Varshini Suresh

We are celebrating Elijah McCoy this week!

He was born on May 2 1844. He was born to run away slaves George and Emilia McCoy. They had ran away from Kentucky through the Underground Railroad. His father George joined the Canadian army and fought in the rebel war so that his family could live like free Canadian citizens.He attended public school until the age of 15. Early in life, Elijah McCoy showed an aptitude and interest in the way mechanical devices worked. McCoy's parents saw that their son had a special talent and sent him to study in Edinburgh Scotland in 1859 or 1860, where he achieved the title of "master mechanic and engineer." McCoy then went to America to look for a job as an engineer, but in the 1860s, professional jobs were not available to African-Americans. McCoy settled for a job as a fireman/oilman for the Michigan Central Railroad.

Black History Month

Saturday, Feb. 9th, 1-9:30pm

Coppell, TX

Coppell, TX

At Coppell Middle School West

Anyone welcome to attend


1-1:30 Gather at the cafeteria

1:30 - 3:30 Movies about Elijah McCoy will be shown in the north, south gyms as well as the cafeteria

3:30 - 4:00 refreshments will be served

4:00 - 6:00 7th grade students will be presenting their Elijah McCoy

6:00 - 6:30 Questions Answered

6:30 - 8:00 Dinner is Served

8:00 - 9:15 Look at models of Mr.McCoy's inventions

9:15 -9:30 Pick up