Benjamin Banneker Facts

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  • Benjamin Bannker was born on November 9, 1731, and died on October 9, 1806.
  • He was a self-taught, free-born African-American. In short, Banneker was never a slave.
  • He was a mathematician, astronomer, scientist, farmer, and writer.
  • As an astronomer, he predicted the Solar Eclipse of 1789.
  • As a young adult, between the age of 20 – 25 years old, he constructed a wooden clock based on a borrowed pocket watch. That wooden clock kept accurate time for over 40 years!
  • In 1791, he assisted in surveying land for the development of Washington D.C.
  • He is most famous for his series of almanacs which he published annually.
  • An ephemeris, which gives the positions of naturally occurring astronomical objects in the sky at a given time or times, is included in his most famous Almanac.
  • He was a voice of social change as he worked with politicians.
  • He is featured on a 1980 stamp issued by the U.S. Post Office.