Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker, the largely self-taught mathematician, astronomer, and author, has remained as one of Black History’s most-discussed figures. On this day in 1791, it was reported that Banneker joined a fellow astronomer in surveying the layout of the Nation’s Capital. SEE ALSO: Benjamin Banneker Challenges Slavery In Letter On This Day In 1791 Although historians have […]

Astronomer and almanac author Benjamin Banneker (pictured), who was largely self-educated, rose in prominence in the 18th century via his written works and the accuracy he displayed in predicting solar and lunar eclipses. However, it was Banneker’s challenge, by way of written correspondence, to then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson on the act of slavery that […]