Benjamin Banneker Circle

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Benjamin Banneker Circle
Looking north at LEnfant Plaza - Washington DC.jpg
Looking north at Banneker Park, Circle and Overlook in 1990, with L'Enfant Promenade behind it and the National Mall in the background
Southwest Waterfront, Washington, D.C.
Coordinates: 38°52′54″N 77°01′34″W / 38.88167°N 77.02611°W / 38.88167; -77.02611Coordinates: 38°52′54″N 77°01′34″W / 38.88167°N 77.02611°W / 38.88167; -77.02611
Roads at
L'Enfant Promenade SW
G Street SW
Type: Traffic circle
Maintained by: DDOT

Benjamin Banneker Circle is a partial traffic circle in Southwest Washington, D.C.. The name of the circle commemorates Benjamin Banneker, an African American astronomer and almanac author. In 1791, Banneker assisted in the initial survey of the boundaries of the District of Columbia.[1][2] The circle is near the south end of L'Enfant Promenade and the intersection of Interstate 395 and Maine Avenue. Benjamin Banneker Park is within the Circle.

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  1. ^ ""Banneker Circle: Vista to the Past: River Farms to Urban Towers — Southwest Heritage Trail" marker". Historical Marker Database. Retrieved 2010-09-21. 
  2. ^ Environmental Assessment for Improvements to L'Enfant Promenade and Benjamin Banneker Park (PDF). Department of Transportation, Government of the District of Columbia and Eastern Federal Lands Highway Division, Federal Highway Administration. June 2006. Retrieved 2010-05-13.