Welcome back. It has been a minute since I’ve posted anything, but what a great way to start the new year with a post for BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Where we should, and a lot of us do, celebrate from January 1st to December 31st, this is to keep you informed and aware of blacks that you may seldom or rarely hear about. No disrespect to the late and/or greats, but there were others that paved the way.
First on my list of Greats is Benjamin Banneker.
(11/9/1731 – 10/9/1806)
He was born an free Black in Baltimore County, MD. He was an almanac author, surveyor, naturalist and farmer. He was also a member of the group of men who surveyed the borders of DC. He was great with astronomy and studied the behavior of bees. Unfortunately, a fire on the day of his funeral destroyed a large amount of books, notes and personal belongings of Banneker. He often wrote and spoke with then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, the ever wishy-washy president who praised him while he was alive but degraded him in death.
Maryland Historical Society hosts a majority of the surviving documents and artifacts of Benjamin Banneker. Other artifacts were displayed on Oella, MD at the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum and the Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis.