Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker

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  • Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731 in Ellicott's Mills, Maryland
  • , Benjamin Banneker was the son of an ex-slave named Robert and his wife, Mary. They spent most of their lives as farmers.
  • He was taught to read by his maternal grandmother, and for a very short time attended a small Quaker school. He was mostly self taught.
  • He taught himself astronomy, and most consider him to be the first African American Scientist. At just age 24, he constructed a clock made entirely out of wood.
  • Later in his life he Worked to help map out and construct the nations capital.
  • When Thomas Jefferson was secretary of state, he wrote many letters and reached out to him, saying all African Americans like him, are able to do great things.
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