Black History: Lewis Temple

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Lewis Temple was a slave, born in the year 1800, who was  responsible for changing the whaling industry in the early 19th century. He would improve the usefulness of the whaling harpoon, which came to be known as Temple’s Toggle. Although he wasn’t actually a seaman,  Temple, a blacksmith, would double the amount of production in the whaling industry with his invention.

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