Benjamin Banneker

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Benjamin Banneker
Library of Congress
Banneker depicted on a 1943 mural by Maxine Merlino in the Recorder of Deeds Building in Washington, D.C. (2010)[1]
BornNovember 9, 1731
DiedOctober 19, 1806(1806-10-19) (aged 74)
Oella, Baltimore County, Maryland, U.S.
Other namesBenjamin Bannaker
Occupationalmanac author, surveyor, farmer
  • Robert (father)
  • Mary Banneky (mother)

Benjamin Banneker (November 9, 1731 – October 9, 1806) was a free African American almanac author, surveyor, naturalist and farmer.[2]

Early life[change | change source]

Benjamin Banneker was born on November 9, 1731 in Baltimore County, Maryland. His parents are Mary Banneky, a free black, and Robert, a freed slave from Guinea.[3][4][5]

References[change | change source]

  1. (1) Cropped image extracted from Highsmith, Carol M. (photographer). ""Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor-Inventor-Astronomer", mural by Maxime Seelbinder, at the Recorder of Deeds building, built in 1943. 515 D St., NW, Washington, D.C." (photograph). Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. Archived from the original on November 1, 2017. Retrieved 2017-11-05.
    (2) "Recorder of Deeds Building: Seelbinder Mural – Washington DC". The Living New Deal. Archived from the original on January 11, 2020. Retrieved January 11, 2020..
    (3) Norfleet, Nicole (2010-03-11). "D.C. Recorder of Deeds moving but fate of murals unclear". The Washington Post. Washington, D.C. Archived from the original on October 3, 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
    (4) Sefton, D. P., DC Preservation League, Washington, D.C. (2010-07-01). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Recorder of Deeds Building" (PDF). Washington, D.C: District of Columbia Office of Planning. pp. 18–19. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 5, 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-03.
  2. "Benjamin Banneker". 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
  3. "Benjamin Banneker Biography". Encyclopedia of World Biography. Advameg, Inc. 2017. Archived from the original on 2017-10-02. Retrieved 2017-09-27.
  4. ""Robert Bannaky" marker". HMdb: The Historical Marker Database. Archived from the original on 2011-03-03. Retrieved 2015-09-06.
  5. Bedini, 2008 Archived 2016-02-03 at the Wayback Machine