Benjamin Banneker : Mathematician and Stargazer by Rose Blue

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What must be considered an extraordinary Effort of Genius . . calculated by a sable Descendant of Africa . . ” Whether because of all the advertising, Banneker’s excellent work, or both, the first almanac sold very well. Banneker was astonished. He was even more astonished by his sudden fame. Used to living alone, he was now often visited by neighbors and strangers who had read his almanac and heard of his chiming clock. He invited them in and enjoyed the attention. Banneker, however, did not have a lot of free time for visitors.

Postal Service issued a stamp honoring Benjamin Banneker. S. Postal Service in honor of Benjamin Banneker and his achievements. 39 scientific materials that Banneker left to the Ellicott family, as well as copies of his almanacs and letters. In England, his name has been placed in the records of Parliament. Annapolis, Maryland, has a museum that honors both Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass, the famed African American abolitionist of the nineteenth century. At one time, a school in the Catonsville, Maryland, area was named for Banneker as well.

After his death, they continued to help by recording most of the facts that we now know about Banneker’s life. Martha Ellicott Tyson, daughter of George, was born in 1795 and was only eleven years old when Banneker died. But she heard, and later recorded, the many stories about him discussed by her father and relatives. Martha Ellicott Tyson’s short biography of Banneker, entitled A Sketch, was published for the Maryland Historical Society in the late 1840s. In it, Tyson said of Banneker: “He appears to have been the pioneer in the movement in this part of the world, toward the improvement of his race .

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