Benjamin Banneker Pioneering Scientist. An easy reading chapter book describing a little known page from Black history America’s clock-maker and a self-taught astronomer. Gazing up at the stars, Benjamin Banneker longed to understand how and why things worked as they did. In a time when most black Americans were slaves, Banneker lived a life of freedom and became known as America’s first black American man of science. He helped survey Washington, D.C., and became the first black American to write an almanac. Through his accomplishments, he helped advance the cause of equality for African Americans.
Benjamin Banneker was a free African-American almanac author, surveyor, landowner and farmer who had knowledge of mathematics and natural history. Born in Baltimore County, Maryland, to a free African-American woman and a former slave, Banneker had little or no formal education and was largely self-taught.
Benjamin Banneker Pioneering Scientist. This is a great work of literature in our collection of African-American children’s books.