Benjamin Banneker, US geographer

Benjamin Banneker, US geographer

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Credit: CAROL M. HIGHSMITH ARCHIVE, LIBRARY OF CONGRESS/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806), US geographer. Banneker, of African ancestry, was the son of a freed slave. He was born in Baltimore County, Maryland, and studied with a local Quaker. In 1791, aged 59, Banneker (holding surveying instruments at left and with surveyors at top right) worked on a survey of the District of Columbia (Washington DC, map shown at right). He worked for Andrew Ellicott from another local Quaker family. Banneker produced a series of almanacs (bottom, night sky at top left) from 1792 to 1797. This mural, by Maxime Seelbinder, was installed in 1943 at the Recorder of Deeds building, Washington DC, USA. Photographed in 2010.

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