The Real McCoy
By Andrew Moodie
Inspired by the true life story of Elijah McCoy, The Real McCoy tells the tale of this extraordinary Black inventor.
Born in Canada to runaway slaves, McCoy was educated in Edinburgh and later moved to the US where he became a leading expert in the field of thermo-dynamics. His invention of the self-lubricating hydraulic pump in 1872 revolutionized steam engine travel and by extension the industrialized world. When others tried to imitate his invention with lesser success, suppliers began asking for “the real McCoy”, an expression of authenticity that has lasted more than a century.