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Banneker was born November 9 1731 in a little town near Ellicotts Lower Mills in Maryland Bannekers grandmother Molly Walsh was a maid in England She was sent to Maryland as an indentured servant When her indenture ended after seven years Molly Walsh bought a farm She took along two slaves to help her with the operation of the farm Molly soon freed the slaves and married the slave named Banna Ka After a while the couple had several children one of which named Mary Mary grew up on her mothers farm and married a slave named Robert Mary and Robert Banna Ka became the parents of Benjamin Their names later changed to Bannker His Whelch grandmother taught him to read and write He taught himself math and astronomy Benjamins parents were different nationalities At the age of six Banneker moved away from his grandmother His parents three sisters and he moved to Baltimore County Maryland They moved on a tobacco farm so most of his life was spent on the farm Benjamin loved to read Most of his love for reading was learned as he read the Bible Banneker also loved arithmetic At the age of 21 Banneker built a striking clock In 1789 when he was 58 he accurately predicted a solar eclipse When he was 59 after inheriting his dads tobacco farm he taught himself astronomy He built himself a work-cabin with a sky-light to study the stars and make calculations When he was 60 he helped survey the Federal Territory which is now the District of Columbia In a letter to Thomas Jefferson in 1792 Benjamin called for the abolition of slavery When he was 61 he published his first almanac He was a freed black and most of his life was spent as a self-employed tobacco planter For years Benjamin Banneker has been called the first Negro man of science When Benjamin was 21 he was inspired by a business
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