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B is for Banneker

Benjamin Banneker

by Tony

Benjamin Banneker was born in 1731. His mother and grandmother were both married to slaves. Benjamin was very smart. When he was about 20 someone lent him a pocket watch. He carefully took it apart, studying how each piece worked. Then he build at totally wooden clock. He was an inventor, mathematician, and author. He helped LaFantí design Washington D.C. Because he had a photographic memory he was able to draw the plans from memory when LaFantí left the project unfinished. Benjamin Banneker died in 1806.

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