Matzeliger, Jan Ernst, -1889

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  • 1852, Sept. 15: Born in Paramaribo, Surinam (Dutch Guiana) the son of a Dutch engineer and a black woman of Surinam. ca.
  • 1873: Landed in Philadelphia
  • 1877: Moved to Lynn, Massachusetts and worked in a shoe factory.
  • 1883: Was granted a patent on his shoe lasting invention which revolutionized the shoe industry.
  • 1889, Aug. 24: Died in Lynn, Massachusetts
  • 1901: Pan-American Exposition posthumously awarded Matzeliger the Gold Medal and Diploma

Additional biographical information on Matzeliger is documented in Kaplan's article in folder #4.

From the guide to the Jan Earnst Matzeliger Collection, Dates unknown, (Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University)

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referencedIn Jan Matzeliger collection, 1901-ca. 1951. Lynn Historical Society Library
referencedIn Kaplan, Sidney, 1913-. Jan Ernst Matzeliger collection, ca. 1889-1955. Moorland-Spingarn Resource Center
creatorOf Jan Earnst Matzeliger Collection, Dates unknown Moorland-Spingarn Research Center, Howard University
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Birth 1852-09-15

Death 1889-08-24



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