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Expert Insights: Cesar Chelor, Toolmaker


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One of the earliest documented African-American toolmakers, Chelor worked in New England as part of the first school of American plane makers.  He learned his trade while enslaved to Francis Nicholson of Wrentham, Massachusetts, the first professional plane maker in the colonies. Upon the latter’s death in 1753, Chelor was freed by the terms of Nicholson’s will, and opened his own shop where he manufactured planes bearing his name.

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Expert Insights: Cesar Chelor, Toolmaker

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