Jan Matzeliger – Son Of A Slave – Surinamese Inventor In America

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The story of Jan Ernst Matzeliger a very curious one as you will discover.

He was born as Jan Ernst Martzil, on the Plantation, Twijfelachtig, by the Cottica River in Suriname, in 1852.

His mother was a slave woman named Aletta and his father a white Surinamese engineer, named Ernst Carl Martzilger. Continue reading