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Benjamin Banneker

Source:America's Library
Level: Pre-Intermediate

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What was the status of most African-Americans in the 1770s?

If you had to educate yourself, how would you do it?

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum
A Local Legacy

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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IV. Post-Reading Questions

1. What subjects did Benjamin teach himself?

2. Which of Mr. Banneker's works is best known?

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