Black History—Benjamin Banneker

What do you see when you look at the stars? Benjamin Banneker saw astronomical patterns from which he could make calculations and predictions. A mathematician and astronomer, Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731, in Ellicott’s Mills, Maryland.

Largely self-taught, Banneker was one of the first African Americans to gain distinction in science. His significant accomplishments include the successful prediction of a solar eclipse, publishing his own almanac, and the surveying of Washington, D.C. Banneker spent most of his life on his family’s 100-acre farm outside Baltimore. There, he taught himself astronomy by watching the stars and learned advanced mathematics from borrowed textbooks…

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3 thoughts on “Black History—Benjamin Banneker

  1. Thank you, K!

    DC’s most overlooked first Black architect, engineer, surveyor, Almanac Writer, and genius to be acknowledged by Jefferson and other white men as making them change their ways of thinking in regards to the inferiority of Black intelligence!

    (even though Paul Lawrence Dunbar, as my alma mater, from back when we were rivals with students at Banneker, should take precedence…)

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