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Benjamin Banneker

American Black History Month: Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806)

on Mon, 02/01/2016 - 17:07

Benjamin Banneker was a self-taught inventor, scientist, mathematician, almanac author, surveyor, humanitarian and farmer. Banneker, a descendant of enslaved Africans, was born free in Maryland and taught to read by his grandmother as a young boy. A natural mathematician and inventor, Banneker, in his early 20s, created a working clock made almost entirely out of wood and without any instruction.

Benjamin Banneker was also an advocate to eradicate slavery.