Caribbean inventors showcased at Humber North

by | Feb 4, 2019 | News

Sean Marco, News Reporter

Humber North kicked off Black History Month on Friday hosting a Caribbean Inventors and Innovators Museum. 

The museum attracted people all around the GTA from young to old, no matter their ethnicity was, the exhibit was a hit. And it was all free.

People visiting the Caribbean Inventors Museum at Humber North. (Sean Marco)

“It’s nice to see Caribbean inventors getting some light. I never heard some of these people and I like that I’m learning about them,” said Humber Criminal Justice student Latrell Brown.

Originally from Jamaica, Brown said he grew up learning about certain inventors but not everyone received the credit they deserve. 

Students from schools around the Humber area took a class trip to visit the exhibit. 

Jordan Morris, a student at Albion Heights Middle School, visited the museum and learned about inventors he didn’t know about. 

“I haven’t heard most of these inventors but I’ve heard of what they invented,” he said. 

Museum welcome sign at Humber North. The one-day event was held Feb. 1 and it will be at Lakeshore campus on Feb. 28. (Sean Marco)

The exhibit showcased inventors like Antonio Santi Meucci, who was the first person to devise the first acoustic telephone in 1834 and perfected it by the 1870s.

Also honoured are those still active, including veterinary sciences Dr. Carlton Gyles, a professor emeritus at the University of Guelph, who worked extensively in bacteria in animals and humans.

Brown said he felt good seeing the wide diversity of people that packed the E-concourse.

“It’s a good feeling when you see people outside of your culture, interested to learn about it,” he said. 

The exhibit offered show-and-tell events and a scavenger hunt that made visitors look through all the exhibits. 

“The scavenger was fun, it made me look for things that I probably wouldn’t have looked at,” Morris said. “It sort of pushed me to go to every single board and at least take a look at it.

The exhibit returns Feb. 28 at the Lakeshore Campus.