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THIS variation is meant to be used IN colleges AND LIBRARIES simply. In a time whilst so much African american citizens have been slaves, Banneker lived a lifetime of freedom and have become referred to as America's first African American guy of technological know-how. via his accomplishments, he helped
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People noticed what he accomplished. His almanacs and his surveying work helped prove that a person’s abilities are not connected to skin color. Benjamin Banneker is remembered as a brilliant thinker and our country’s f irst black man of science. 47 Important Dates 1731—Benjamin Banneker is born on November 9 in the British colony of Maryland. 1750s—Builds a wooden clock using the pieces of a pocket watch as a model 1759—Father dies about 1775—Mother dies (the exact date of her death is not known) 1783—The United States wins its freedom when the Revolutionary War ends.
Some almanacs had poems, stories, recipes, and news. 33 Benjamin dipped his pen in the ink bottle over and over again. Piles of paper covered his table. On some, he had written math problems. Some had notes about the sky and the weather. When the rooster crowed, Benjamin put away his work. It was time to milk the cows. 34 In 1790, President Washington chose a site to build America’s capital city. The area was called the District of Columbia. It was only a few hours away from Benjamin’s farm. The president needed surveyors to plan the streets.
He spelled his name Bannaker, but it was later changed to Banneker. 46 Afterword Benjamin Banneker died in 1806 at the age of 75. The day he was buried, his log cabin burned to the ground. Almost everything Benjamin owned was lost, including his wooden clock and his books. His sisters saved Grandmother Molly’s Bible. Benjamin and his family lived in freedom during a time when most black people in the American colonies were slaves. Many white people believed that black people were stupid and were only f it to be slaves.