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The Black Man Who Designed Washington DC. In the Stevie Wonder song “Black Man,” the Motown marvel sings of Benjamin Banneker: “first clock to be made in America was created by a black man.” More info @: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=531681360209104=a.153584401352137.27982.145708032139774=1

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In the Stevie Wonder song “Black Man,” the Motown marvel sings of Benjamin Banneker: “first clock to be made in America was created by a black man.” Though the song is a fitting salute to a great inventor (and African Americans in general), it only touches on the genius of Benjamin Banneker and the many hats he wore.

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Benjamin Banneker 1795 African American author, scientist, mathematician, farmer, astronomer, publisher and urban planner, at age 64. The unknown artist who created the portrait depicts Banneker in the Quaker garb he always wore, a simple dark jacket and white shirt -- although he was closely affiliated with Quakers, Banneker never became a member of the Religious Society of Friends. n the 1793 edition, Banneker included his correspondence with Thomas Jefferson

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Benjamin Banneker: Early on Banneker took an interest in astronomy. His scientific interests led him to build what is said to be the first clock in America in 1753. In 1772 Banneker was hired by a neighboring family, the Ellicotts, to assist with the construction of a mill. In 1791, during his work in Washington, Banneker published Banneker’s Almanac. Banneker’s work was used by the abolitionist movement as proof of the accomplishments and intellect of the African American.

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Benjamin Banneker - (1731–1806), farmer, mathematician, astronomer, and writer. As a field assistant, spent 2 days reconstructing the bulk of the city's plan from photographic memory. The plans that Banneker drew from memory provided the basis for the later construction of the federal capital city Washington D.C. Titles of works relating this legendary African American have touted Banneker as "The Man Who Saved Washington", "An Early American Hero" and as one of "100 Greatest African…

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