Greatest Afro-American Inventors

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Jan Ernst Matzeliger
1852 – 1889

Invented: Shoe enduring machinery

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Jan Matzeliger was conceived in Paramaribo, Dutch Guiana in 1852. He was a shoemaker in terms of professional career, the child of an African homemaker and a Dutch specialist, in whose machine shop Jan Matzeliger started working at ten years old. He moved to the United States at 18 years old.

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