Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum

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Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum
Do you know who Benjamin Banneker was and what he did?
Benjamin Banneker was a self-educated scientist at a time when most African Americans were slaves.
Born a free black man in the British Colony of Maryland in 1731, he received some formal education, but he mostly borrowed books and taught himself science and mathematics.

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