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As African American History Month comes to an end, we reflect on all the individuals that paved the way for the AEC industry, and conclude with William Dammond.

William Dammond was an educator and civil engineer that was known for his hatred towards railroad accidents! He was the first African-American graduate of the University of Pittsburg and graduated with honors.

In Michigan, he worked as an assistant bridge engineer and invented an electric signaling system, earning a patent for his creation. In 1906 he also issued a patent for his railroad operating safety system, and was recognized for his work in 1915 by the Michigan Manual of Freedmen’s Progress, a notable publication of African-Americans in the state of Michigan.

Citation: “William Hunter Dammond, African American Famous Inventor (1873-1956).” Pree Worldwide,