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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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