September 26, 2017

Today in History: Mathematician & Astronomer Benjamin Banneker

Today in History–November 9–the Library of Congress features mathematician and astronomer Benjamin Banneker, born on this day in 1731. This largely self-taught surveyor and scientist influenced how African Americans were viewed during the Federal period. Learn more about Banneker by visiting the Today in History section, then click the links below to access more primary sources and other resources related to Banneker, astronomy, and more.

Benjamin Banneker’s Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia Almanack and Ephemeris, for the Year of Our Lord 1792

Benjamin Banneker to Thomas Jefferson, August 19, 1791

Jefferson’s reply to Banneker, August 30, 1791 (background & transcript and context)

Benjamin Banneker: The Great Negro Astronomer (newspaper article)

“Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor-Inventor-Astronomer,” mural

Mathematician and astronomer Benjamin Banneker

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum 

Primary Source Learning: Math Activities That Add Up

Science & Technology primary source collections & teaching resources

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