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.

Mathematician and Astronomer Benjamin Banneker Was Born from America’s Library

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum Local Legacy

The Negro Astronomer Benjamin Banneker The Atlantic Monthly Volume 11, Issue 63 January, 1863

Biography of Benjamin Banneker 1910

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)

18th-century news about Benjamin Banneker

Historical newspaper articles remembering Benjamin Banneker

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

Banneker-Douglass Museum

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