Benjamin Banneker (History Maker Bios) by Catherine A. Welch

By Catherine A. Welch

Real or fake? Benjamin Banneker used a telescope and arithmetic to foretell a sunlight eclipse. precise! In 1789, Banneker calculated whilst the moon may move among the earth and sunlight. And he did it with none formal math or technology education. As a tender boy, he labored at the farm owned through his father, who used to be a freed slave in Maryland. He helped to survey and plot out the positioning for the U.S. capital urban, Washington, D.C. He additionally released a number of almanacs that helped farmers, retailers, and sailors are expecting the elements and understand the dates of vacations and gala's.

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He was happy when the work was done. C. Benjamin used it to help lay out the city. 31 4 BANNEKER’S ALMANACS W hen Benjamin returned home, he finished an ephemeris for a 1792 Almanac. C. He also took his work to printers in Baltimore, Maryland, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 32 George Ellicott and his brother Elias wanted to see Benjamin’s almanac printed. They believed it would show that blacks are as smart as whites. It was important to show the talents of an African American. The Ellicotts hoped that Banneker’s almanac might even help stop slavery.

He still lived alone and made his own meals. But two of his sisters helped with the laundry and other chores. 40 Benjamin was saddened to see his land not being farmed. So he rented some of the land to neighbors. But he had trouble collecting the rent. Sometimes, he forgot to collect it. Other times, his neighbors did not pay. A few times, he demanded that his neighbors pay the rent. Then they threatened him. In his journal, he once wrote that someone stole his horse and coat. Another time, he wrote that someone wanted to murder him.

Benjamin did much of his work at night. Each hour, he checked the clock against readings of the sky. In his free time at night, he studied the sky for a new ephemeris. All the men liked Benjamin. They wanted him to eat at their table. But he did not feel he should eat with the white men. He ate in the same tent as the other men. But he ate at a separate small table. 30 President Washington came to the site to check on the work. Banneker must have seen him. He may have even spoken to the president.

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