Benjamin Banneker "the first Negro Man of Science"
Benjamin Banneker was born into a family of slavery in Maryland on November 9, 1731 as a free man. His father Robert, who had bought his and his wife Mary Banneker’s freedom tried to see that their son would some day have better opportunities. Mary was the daughter of an Englishwoman and a free African slave. Benjamin Banneker grew up working in the family farm. The farm was known as "Bannaky Springs". It was named this because it had fresh springs all around the land. Benjamin Banneker had excellent farming skills; he was able to grow things even during dry spells. He grew tobacco all year round. Although, education was limited for blacks during this period, Banneker attended a nearby Quaker country school but learned how to read with the help of his grandmother and continued on educating himself.
Benjamin Banneker was a very gifted child. It was obvious that this boy would grow into a man of great accomplishments. At the age of 21 twenty-one, he saw a patent watch that belonged to a man named Josef Levi. Banneker was mesmerized with the watch and had to see how it worked, after taking it apart and making similar pieces out of wood. In 1753, Benjamin Banneker had created the first clock to ever be made in America. Banneker's clock was completely accurate. It struck every hour, on the hour and lasted duration of forty years. His work on the clock opened a new door for him and a new career. He then began to repair watches, clocks and sundials. Bannekars life would take a turn when Joseph Ellicott’s family moved into the same area where Bannekar’s farm was
located. Banneker becaome friends with Joseph Ellicott and assisted him on the construction of a complex clock. This is where he began to take interest and began to teach himself advanced math and astronomy with the material provided to him by the Ellicot brothers. Twenty years later, Banneker began making astron...