LUCY ANN STANTON (first black American woman to receive a 4 year college degree, born in Cleveland in went to Oberlin College, president of the Oberlin Ladies Literary Society, delivered the graduation address entitled "A Plea For The Oppressed" in
Elijah McCoy invented an oil-dripping cup for trains. Other inventors tried to copy McCoy's oil-dripping cup. But none of the other cups worked as well as his, so customers started asking for "the real McCoy." That's where the expression comes from.