Gazing up at the stars, Benjamin Banneker longed to understand how and why things worked as they did. In a time when most black Americans were slaves, Banneker lived a life of freedom and became known as America's first black American man of science. He helped survey Washington, D.C., and became the first black American to write an almanac. Through his accomplishments, he helped advance the cause of equality for African Americans.
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Benjamin Banneker was the grandson of Molly Bannaky (an indentured servant who later bought freedom for slave husband). Benjamin was taught at home by Molly then sent to school. Benjamin was full of curiosity and wonder, so he learned about a lot of things like astronomy, farming, clock making, surveying, and played instruments too. He helped survey Washington DC for city planning, he created and published the first almanac and continued for 6 six yrs. As a respected scientist and abled citizen wrote letters to defend the rights of African Americans. Author Ginger Wadsworth has LibraryThing.com shared database. Grades 5+