Mythology and commemorations of Benjamin Banneker

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According to accounts that began to appear during the 1960s or earlier, a substantial mythology has exaggerated the accomplishments of Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806), who was a free African American almanac author, surveyor, naturalist, and farmer. A large number of such questionable reports have developed during the two centuries that have elapsed since he lived.[1][2][3]

Several such urban legends describe Banneker's alleged activities in the Washington, D.C. area around the time that he assisted Andrew Ellicott in the federal district boundary survey.[2][3][4][5][6][7] Others involve his clock, his almanacs and his journals.[2] Although parts of African-American culture, all lack support by historical evidence. Some are contradicted by such evidence.

A United States postage stamp and the names of a number of recreational and cultural facilities, schools, streets and other facilities and institutions throughout the United States have commemorated Banneker's documented and mythical accomplishments throughout the years since he lived.

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Mythology of Benjamin Banneker[edit]

Plan of the City of Washington[edit]

Library of Congress
Facsimile of manuscript of Peter Charles L'Enfant's 1791 plan for the federal capital city (U.S. Coast and Geodetic Survey, 1887).[8]

While Andrew Ellicott and his team were conducting a survey of the boundaries of the future federal district during 1791-1792 (see Boundary Markers of the Original District of Columbia), Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant was preparing a plan for the federal capital city (the City of Washington) (see L'Enfant Plan). The capital city was to occupy a relatively small area bounded by the Potomac River, the Anacostia River (known at the time as the "Eastern Branch"), the base of the escarpment of the Atlantic Seaboard Fall Line, and Rock Creek at the center of the much larger 100-square-mile (260 km2) federal district (known at the time as the "Territory of Columbia") (see Founding of Washington, D.C.).[9][10][11][12] In late February 1792, President George Washington dismissed L'Enfant, who had failed to have his plan published and who was experiencing frequent conflicts with the three Commissioners that Washington had appointed to supervise the planning and survey of the federal district and city.[11][13][14]

A number of undocumented stories connecting Benjamin Banneker and L'Enfant's plan for the federal capital city have appeared over the years. In 1921, Daniel A. P. Murray, an African American serving as an assistant librarian of the Library of Congress, read a paper before the Banneker Association of Washington that stated:

Library of Congress
Daniel A. P. Murray

... L'Enfant made a demand that could not be accorded and ... in a fit of high dudgeon gathered all his plans and papers and unceremoniously left. ... Washington was in despair, since it involved a defeat of all of his cherished plans in regard to the "Federal City." This perturbation on his part was quickly ended, however, when it transpired that Banneker had daily for the purposes of calculation and practice, transcribed nearly all L'Enfant's field notes and through the assistance they afforded Mr. Andrew Ellicott, L'Enfant's assistant, Washington City was laid down very nearly on the original lines. ... By this act the brain of the Afro-American is indissolubly linked with the Capital and nation.[15]

In 1976 (more than 50 years later), Jerome Klinkowitz stated within a book that described the works of Banneker and other early black American writers that Murray's report had initiated a myth about Banneker's career. Klinkowitz noted that Murray had not provided any support for his claim that Banneker had recalled L'Enfant's plan for Washington, D.C. Klinkowitz also described a number of other Banneker myths and subsequent works that had refuted them.[16]

By 1929, variations of the myth had become widespread. When describing the ceremonial presentation to Howard University in Washington, D.C., of a sundial memorializing Banneker, the Chicago Defender newspaper reported in that year that a speaker had stated that:

.... he (Banneker) was appointed by President George Washington to aid Major L'Enfant, famed French architect, to plan the layout of the District of Columbia. L'Enfant died before the work was completed, which required Banneker to carry on in his stead.[17]

However, as a book that won the 1917 Pulitzer Prize for History had earlier reported, L'Enfant lived long after he developed his plan for the federal capital city. He died near the City of Washington in 1825.[18]

In other versions of the legend, Banneker spent two days reconstructing the bulk of the city's plan from his presumably photographic memory after L'Enfant died or departed. In these versions, the plans that Banneker purportedly drew from memory provided the basis for the later construction of the federal capital city. Titles of works relating these versions of the fable have touted Banneker as "The Man Who Designed Washington", "The Man Who Saved Washington", "An Early American Hero", "Benjamin Banneker, Genius", and as one of the "100 Greatest African Americans".[19]

In another version of the tale, Banneker and Andrew Ellicott both surveyed the capital city's area and configured the final layout for the placement of major governmental buildings, boulevards and avenues while reconstructing L'Enfant's plan or on another occasion. According to this version, Banneker either "made astronomical calculations and implementations" that established points of significance within the city, including those of the "16th Street Meridian" (see White House meridian), the White House, the Capitol and the Treasury Building, "helped in selecting the sites" of those features, or "laid out Washington".[20]

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Mural in the Recorder of Deeds building in Washington, D.C., illustrating Banneker and a plan of the City of Washington (2010 photograph).[21][22]
William J. Thompkins (circa 1911)

A U.S. Treasury Department, Section of Fine Arts, mural in the Recorder of Deeds Building, which was constructed from 1940 to 1943 in Washington, D.C., perpetuates a Banneker legend by showing Banneker with a plan of the city of Washington.[21] The oil portrait was the winner of a juried competition that the Section held on behalf of Doctor William J. Thompkins, an African American political figure who was at the time serving as the Recorder of Deeds for the District of Columbia. The competition announcement stated that seven mural subjects had been “carefully worked out by the Recorder...following intensive research” to "reflect a phase of the contribution of the Negro to the American nation.” A mural on the subject of “Benjamin Banneker Surveys the District of Columbia” was to “show the presentation by Banneker and Mayor Ellicott, of the plans of the District of Columbia to the President, [and] Mr. Thomas Jefferson” in the presence of Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton.[22]

In 1976, an Afro-American Bicentennial Corporation historian told the following tale within a National Register of Historic Places nomination form for the "Benjamin Banneker: SW-9 Intermediate Boundary Stone (milestone) of the District of Columbia":

.... Major L'Enfant resigned his position before the planned design was completed. It was only through the efforts of Major Andrew Ellicott and Benjamin Banneker that the Federal City was completed.[23]

Citing a 1963 article in the Washington Star newspaper,[24] a 1990 documentation form related the following version of the story when supporting a listing in the National Register of Historic Places for twelve historic marker stones from the federal district boundary survey:

.... Fearing profiteering land speculators, L'Enfant would not allow anyone to see the plan. Ordered by the commissioners to reveal the plan, he instead left the United States, taking all copies of his plan for the District of Columbia with him. Banneker reproduced it from memory in minute detail, thereby allowing the work to continue.[25]

During a commemoration of Black History Month in February 1990, Congressman Roy Dyson of Maryland told the United States House of Representatives that Banneker had "helped to draw the plans for the District of Columbia".[26] Congressman Benjamin Gilman of New York stated during the same commemoration that Banneker had assisted in the layout of "our beautiful Capitol City".[27]

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture (2016)

Documents published in 2003 and 2005 supporting the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C. (including a report that a presidential commission planning the museum sent to the President and the Congress), later also connected Banneker with L'Enfant's plan of the city of Washington.[28][29] When the museum opened on the National Mall in September 2016, an exhibit entitled "The Founding of America" further perpetuated the legend when displaying a statue of Banneker holding a small telescope while standing in front of a plan of that city.[30] A National Park Service web page subsequently stated in 2017 that Banneker had "surveyed the city of Washington with Major Pierre Charles L'Enfant".[31]

However, historical research has shown that none of these legends can be correct.[3][4][32] As a researcher reported in 1969, Ellicott's 1791 assignment was to produce a survey of a square, the length of whose sides would each be 10 miles (16.1 km) (a "ten mile square").[9] L'Enfant was to survey, design and lay out the national capital city within this square.[9][33] Ellicott and L'Enfant each worked independently under the supervision of the three Commissioners that President Washington had earlier appointed.[9] Ellicott employed Banneker directly.[9] The researcher could find no evidence that Banneker ever worked with or for L'Enfant.[9]

Smithsonian Institution
A contemporary reprint of Andrew Ellicott's 1792 "Plan of the City of Washington in the Territory of Columbia"

Banneker left the federal capital area and returned to his home near Ellicott's Mills in April 1791.[4][7][34] At that time, L'Enfant was still developing his plan for the federal city and had not yet been dismissed from his job.[4] L'Enfant presented his plans to President Washington in June and August 1791, two and four months after Banneker had left.[4][7][35][36][37][38]

Further, there never was any need to reconstruct L'Enfant's plan. After completing the initial phases of the district boundary survey, Andrew Ellicott began to survey the federal city to help L'Enfant develop the city's plan.[39] During a contentious period in February 1792, Ellicott informed the Commissioners that L'Enfant had refused to give him an original plan that L'Enfant possessed at the time.[40][41]

Ellicott stated in his letters that, although he was refused the original plan, he was familiar with L'Enfant's system and had many notes of the surveys that he had made himself.[42] Additionally, L' Enfant had earlier given to Washington at least two versions of his plan, one of which Washington had sent to Congress in December 1791.[35][36][43]

Andrew Ellicott, with the aid of his brother, Benjamin Ellicott, then revised L'Enfant's plan, despite L'Enfant's protests.[6][40][44] Shortly thereafter, Washington dismissed L'Enfant.[6][40][44]

After L'Enfant departed, the Commissioners assigned Ellicott the dual responsibility for continuing L'Enfant's work on the design of the city and the layout of public buildings, streets and property lots, in addition to completing the boundary survey.[9] Andrew Ellicott therefore continued the city survey in accordance with the revised plan that he and his brother had prepared.[13][35][40][44][45][46]

There is no historical evidence that shows that Banneker was involved in any of this.[3][6] Six months before Ellicott revised L'Enfant's plan, Banneker sent a letter to Thomas Jefferson from "Maryland, Baltimore County, near Ellicotts Lower Mills" that he dated as "Augt. 19th: 1791", in which he described the time that he had earlier spent "at the Federal Territory by the request of Mr. Andrew Ellicott".[47] As a researcher has reported, the letter that Ellicott addressed to the Commissioners in February 1792 describing his revision of L'Enfant's plan did not mention Banneker's name.[48] Jefferson did not describe any connection between Banneker and the plan for the federal city when relating his knowledge of Banneker's works in a letter that he sent to Joel Barlow in 1809, three years after Banneker's death.[49]

L'Enfant did not leave the United States after ending his work on the federal capital city's plan. Soon afterwards, he began to plan the city of Paterson, New Jersey.[50] The United States Congress acknowledged the work that he had performed when preparing his plan for the city of Washington by voting to pay him for his efforts.[51]

In 1887, the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey created and distributed a facsimile of a manuscript plan for the future City of Washington. The plan contains in the last line of an oval in its upper left hand corner the words "By Peter Charles L'Enfant" (L'Enfant's adopted name).[8] A 1914 book describing the history of the City of Washington reported that L'Enfant's plan contained a title legend that identified L'Enfant as the plan's author.[52]

Name of "Peter Charles L'Enfant" in depiction of the L'Enfant Plan in Freedom Plaza, Washington, D.C. (2006)

A 1902 report of a committee of the United States Senate (the McMillan Plan), an inlay of a city plan in a Washington, D.C., plaza constructed in 1980 (Freedom Plaza), and at least one book relating the history of the District of Columbia contain copies of the portion of a plan for the federal capital city that contains the oval that bears L'Enfant's name.[10][53][a 1] The U.S. Library of Congress now holds in its collections a manuscript of a plan for the federal city that contains that oval.[54] As an original version of L'Enfant's plan still exists, President Washington and Ellicott clearly had at least one such version available for their use when L'Enfant departed.

In November 1971, the National Park Service held a public ceremony to dedicate and name Benjamin Banneker Park on L'Enfant Promenade in Washington, D.C.[55][56] The U.S. Department of Interior authorized the naming as an official commemorative designation celebrating Banneker's role in the survey and design of the nation’s capital.[55] Speakers at the event hailed Banneker for his contributions to the plan of the capital city after L'Enfant's dismissal, claiming that Banneker had saved the plan by reconstructing it from memory.[56] A researcher later pointed out that these statements were erroneous.[56]

During a 1997 ceremony that again commemorated Banneker while rededicating the park, speakers stated that Banneker had surveyed the original City of Washington.[57] However, research reported more than two decades earlier had found that such statements lacked supporting evidence and appeared to be incorrect.[3]

In May 2000, Austin H. Kiplinger and Walter E. Washington, the co-chairmen of the Leadership Committee for the planned City Museum of Washington, D.C., wrote in The Washington Post that the museum would remind visitors that Banneker had helped complete L'Enfant's project to map the city.[58] A letter to the editor of the Post entitled "District History Lesson" then responded to this statement by noting that Andrew Ellicott was the person who revised L'Enfant's plan and who completed the capital city's mapping, and that Banneker had played no part in this.[59]

Appointment to planning commission for Washington, D.C.[edit]

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Henry E. Baker

In 1918, Henry E. Baker, an African American serving as an assistant examiner in the United States Patent Office, wrote of Banneker in The Journal of Negro History (now titled The Journal of African American History): "It is on record that it was on the suggestion of his friend, Major Andrew Ellicott, ..., that Thomas Jefferson nominated Banneker and Washington appointed him a member of the commission..." whose duties were to "define the boundary line and lay out the streets of the Federal Territory, later called the District of Columbia".[60] However, Baker did not identify the record on which he based this statement. Baker additionally stated that Andrew Ellicott and L'Enfant were also members of this commission.

In 2000, historians John Hope Franklin and Alfred A. Moss, Jr., wrote in the eighth edition of the book, From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans, whose first edition had been published in 1947, that the "most distinguished honor that Banneker received was his appointment to serve with the commission to define the boundary lines and lay out the streets of the District of Columbia." The writers, who referenced Baker's 1918 article, also stated that Banneker's friend, George Ellicott (Andrew Ellicott's cousin), was a member of the commission and that Thomas Jefferson had submitted Banneker's name to President Washington.[61]

James Avery (2001)

In 2005, actor James Avery narrated a DVD entitled A History of Black Achievement in America. A quiz based on a section of the DVD entitled "Emergence of the Black Hero" asked:

Benjamin Banneker was a member of the planning commission for ____________ .
a. New York City
b. Philadelphia
c. Washington, D.C.
d. Atlanta[62]

However, historical evidence contradicts the statements that Baker, Franklin and Moss made and suggests that the question in the quiz has no correct answer. In 1791, President Washington appointed Thomas Johnson, Daniel Carroll and David Stuart to be the three commissioners who, in accordance with the authority that the federal Residence Act of 1790 had granted to the President, would oversee the survey of the federal district, and "according to such Plans, as the President shall approve", provide public buildings to accommodate the federal government in 1800.[63][64][65]

The Residence Act did not authorize the President to appoint any more than three commissioners that could serve at the same time.[66] As Banneker, Andrew Ellicott, and L'Enfant performed their tasks during the time that Johnson, Carroll and Stuart were serving as commissioners, President Washington could not have legally appointed either Banneker, Ellicott or L'Enfant to serve as members of the "commission" that Baker, Franklin and Moss described.

Further, Franklin and Moss did not cite any documentation to support their contention that George Ellicott participated in the planning and design of the nation's capital. Andrew (not George) Ellicott led the survey that defined the District's boundary lines and, with L'Enfant, laid out the capital city's streets. Additionally, there is no historical evidence that shows that President Washington participated in the process that resulted in Banneker's appointment as an assistant to Andrew Ellicott on the District boundary survey team.[67]

In 1999, a researcher reported that an exhaustive survey of U.S. government repositories, including the Public Buildings and Grounds files in the National Archives and collections in the Library of Congress, had failed to identify Banneker's name on any contemporary documents or records relating to the selection, planning and survey of the City of Washington. The researcher also noted that none of L'Enfant's survey papers that the researcher had found had contained Banneker's name.[68] Another researcher has been unable to find any documentation that shows that Washington and Banneker ever met.[69]

Boundary markers of the District of Columbia[edit]

Northeast No. 4 boundary marker stone of the original District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., and Prince George's County, Maryland (2005)

During 1791 and 1792, a survey team that Andrew Ellicott led placed forty mile marker stones along the 10 miles (16.1 km)-long sides of a square that would form the boundaries of the future District of Columbia. Ellicott's survey began at the square's south corner at Jones Point in Alexandria, Virginia (see Boundary Markers of the Original District of Columbia).[11][70] Several accounts of the marker stones incorrectly attribute their placement to Banneker.

In 1994, historians preparing a National Register of Historic Places registration form for the L'Enfant plan of the City of Washington wrote that forty boundary stones laid at one-mile intervals had established the District's boundaries based on Banneker's celestial calculations.[71] In 2005, a data gathering report for the planned Smithsonian National Museum of African American History (NMAAHC) in Washington, D.C., stated that Banneker had assisted Andrew Ellicott in laying out the forty boundary marker stones.[72] Both the 2005 data gathering report and a 2007 historic preservation report for the NMAAHC repeated the statement that the boundary stones' locations had been based on Banneker's "celestial calculations".[73]

In 2012, Penny Carr, a regent of the Falls Church, Virginia, chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) wrote in an online community newspaper that Andrew Ellicott and Banneker had in 1791 put in place the westernmost boundary marker stone of the original D.C. boundary. Carr stated that the marker now sits on the boundary line of Falls Church City, Fairfax County, and Arlington County.[74] Carr did not provide the source of this information.

A book published in May 2014 entitled "A History Lover's Guide to Washington" stated that both Ellicott and Banneker had "carefully placed the forty original boundary stones along the Washington, D.C. borders with Virginia and Maryland in 1791-1792".[75] Similarly, on May 8, 2015, a Washington Post article describing a rededication ceremony for one of the marker stones reported that Sharon K. Thorne-Sulima, a regent of a chapter of the District of Columbia DAR, had said:

These stones are our nation’s oldest national landmarks that were placed by Andrew Ellicott and Benjamin Banneker. They officially laid the seat of government of our new nation.[76]

On May 30, 2015, a web version of a follow-up article in the Post carried the headline "Stones laid by Benjamin Banneker in the 1790s are still standing".[77] Disputing the headline's information, a June 1, 2015, comment following the article stated while citing an extensively referenced source[78] that Banneker had, "according to legend", made the astronomical observations and calculations needed to establish the location of the south corner of the District's square, but had not participated in any later parts of the square's survey.[79] (A 1974 publication had earlier pointed out that there was no evidence that Banneker had anything to do with the survey of the Federal City or with the final establishment of the boundaries of the Federal District.[3] Banneker apparently left the federal capital area and returned to his home at Ellicott's Mills in late April 1791, shortly after the south cornerstone was set in place during an April 15, 1791, ceremony.[80]) Nevertheless, in 2016, Charlie Clark, a columnist writing in a Falls Church newspaper, stated that Banneker had placed a District boundary stone in Clark's Arlington County, Virginia, neighborhood.[81]

South cornerstone of the original District of Columbia at Jones Point, Alexandria, Virginia (2010)

A 2016 booklet that the government of Arlington County, Virginia, published to promote the County's African American history stated, "On April 15, 1791, officials dedicated the first boundary stone based on Banneker's calculations."[82] However, it was actually a March 30, 1791, presidential proclamation by George Washington that established "Jones's point, the upper cape of Hunting Creek in Virginia" as the starting point for the federal district's boundary survey.[83] Washington did not need any calculations to determine the location of Jones Point. Further, according to an April 21, 1791, news report of the dedication ceremony for the first boundary stone (the south cornerstone), it was Andrew Ellicott who ″ascertained the precise point from which the first line of the district was to proceed". The news report did not mention Banneker's name.[84]

A National Park Service web page entitled Benjamin Banneker and the Boundary Stones of the District of Columbia stated in 2018:

Along with a team, Banneker identified the boundaries of the capitol city. They installed intermittent stone markers along the perimeter of the District.[31]

The Park Service did not provide a source for this statement.

Banneker's clock[edit]

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Lydia Maria Child (circa 1865)

In 1865, an American abolitionist, Lydia Maria Child, authored a book intended to be used to teach recently freed African Americans to read and to provide them with inspiration.[85] Her book stated that Banneker had constructed "the first clock ever made in this country".[86]

In 1902, an African American professor of mathematics at Howard University, Kelly Miller, made a similar statement in a United States Bureau of Education publication, claiming that Banneker had in 1770 "constructed a clock to strike the hours, the first to be made in America".[88] In contrast, Philip Lee Phillips, a Library of Congress librarian,[89] more cautiously stated in a 1916 paper read before the Columbia Historical Society in Washington, D.C. that Banneker "is said to have made, entirely with his own hand, a clock of which it is said every portion was made in America."[90]

In 1929, the Chicago Defender newspaper reported that a speaker at a ceremony dedicating a sundial commemorating Banneker at Howard University in Washington, D.C., had stated that "Banneker made the first clock used in America which was constructed of all American materials".[91] In 1968, a writer for the magazine Negro Digest stated that, at the age of 21, Banneker "perfected the first clock in Maryland, possibly in America".[92] In 1978, the Baltimore Afro-American reported that Banneker was the "inventor of the first clock".[93]

National Postal Museum (2008)

In 1980, the United States Postal Service (USPS) issued a postage stamp that commemorated Banneker. The USPS' description of Banneker stated: "... In 1753, he built the first watch made in America."[94] A 2004 USPS pamphlet illustrating the stamp stated that Banneker "constructed the first wooden striking clock made in America",[95] a statement which also appeared on a web page of the Smithsonian Institution's National Postal Museum entitled "Early Pioneers".[96] The website of the Banneker-Douglass Museum, the State of Maryland's official museum of African American heritage, similarly claimed in 2015 that Banneker crafted "the first wooden striking clock in America".[97]

In 1987, Oregon's Portland Public Schools District published a series of educational materials entitled African-American Baseline Essays. The Essays were to be "used by teachers and other District staff as a reference and resource just as adopted textbooks and other resources are used" as part of "a huge multicultural curriculum-development effort."[98] An Essay entitled African-American Contributions to Science and Technology stated that Banneker had "made America's first clock".[99] Noting in 1994 that the Essays "are the most widespread Afrocentric teaching material", a critic writing for the Washington Post cited the Essays' "crippling flaws". The specified flaws included several Banneker stories that a researcher had refuted more than a decade before the Essays appeared.[100] Nevertheless, a 2014 revised edition of a 1994 book entitled African-American Firsts repeated a claim that Banneker had "designed and built the first clock in the colonies".[101]

When supporting the establishment of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture, a 2004 report to the President of the United States and the United States Congress stated that Banneker was an African American inventor.[28] In 2015, columnists Al Kamen and Colby Itkowitz repeated that statement in a Washington Post article.[102] A National Park Service web page, which also claimed that Banneker was an inventor, stated in 2018 that he had "constructed one of the first entirely wooden clocks in America."[31]

Dallas Museum of Art
Tall-case striking clock constructed in Boston by Benjamin Bagnall, Sr., between 1730 and 1745
(2017)

However, while several 19th, 20th and 21st century biographers have written that Banneker constructed a clock, none of these alleged that Banneker had invented a timepiece or anything else. None stated that Banneker's clock had any characteristics that earlier American clocks had lacked.[103] One reported in 1971 that a number of watch and clockmakers were already established in Maryland before Banneker completed his clock in 1753 and that there were at least four such craftsmen in Annapolis alone prior to 1750.[104] The only accounts of the clock by people who had observed it reported only that it was made of wood, that it was suspended in a corner of Banneker's log cabin, that it had struck the hour and that Banneker had stated that its only model was a borrowed watch.[105]

Documents describing the history of clockmaking in America show that Banneker's clock was not the first of its kind made in America. Connecticut clockmakers were crafting striking clocks throughout the 1600s, before Banneker was born.[106] The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City holds in its collections a tall-case striking clock that Benjamin Bagnall, Sr., constructed in Boston before 1740 (when Banneker was 9 years old) and that Elisha Williams probably acquired between 1725 and 1739 while he was rector of Yale College.[107] The Dallas Museum of Art holds in its collections a similar striking clock made entirely of American parts that Bagnall constructed in Boston between 1730 and 1745.[108]

There is some evidence that wooden clocks were being made as early as 1715 near New Haven, Connecticut.[106][109] Benjamin Cheney of East Hartford, Connecticut, was producing wooden striking clocks by 1745,[106][109][110] eight years before Banneker completed his own wooden striking clock.

Banneker's almanacs[edit]

In addition to incorrectly describing Banneker's clock, Lydia Maria Child's 1865 book stated that Banneker's almanac was the first ever made in America.[111] After also incorrectly describing the clock, Kelly Miller's 1902 publication similarly stated that Banneker's 1792 almanac for Pennsylvania, Virginia and Maryland was "the first almanac constructed in America".[88]

A National Register of Historic Places nomination form for the ″Benjamin Banneker: SW-9 Intermediate Boundary Stone (milestone) of the District of Columbia" that an Afro-American Bicentennial Corporation historian prepared in 1976 states that Banneker's astronomical calculations "led to his writing one of the first series of almanacs printed in the United States."[112] A National Park Service web page repeated that statement in 2018.[31]

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Title page of 1739 edition of Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanack

However, William Pierce's 1639 An Almanac Calculated for New England, which was the first in an annual series of almanacs that Stephen Daye, or Day, printed until 1649 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, preceded Banneker's birth by nearly a century.[113] Nathaniel Ames issued his popular Astronomical Diary and Almanack in Massachusetts in 1725 and annually after c.1732.[114] James Franklin published The Rhode Island Almanack by "Poor Robin" for each year from 1728 to 1735.[115] James' brother, Benjamin Franklin, published his annual Poor Richard's Almanack in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1732 to 1758, more than thirty years before Banneker wrote his own first almanac in 1791.[116]

Samuel Stearns issued the North-American Almanack, published annually from 1771 to 1784, as well as the first American nautical almanac, The Navigator's Kalendar, or Nautical Almanack, for 1783.[117] A decade before printers published Banneker's first almanac, Andrew Ellicott began to author a series of almanacs, The United States Almanack, the earliest known copy of which bears the date of 1782.[118]

In 1907, the Library of Congress compiled a Preliminary Check List of American Almanacs: 1639-1800, which identified a large number of almanacs that had been printed in the thirteen colonies and the United States prior to 1792.[119] The printers had published many of these almanacs during more than one year. Eighteen had been printed in Maryland, including Ellicott's Maryland and Virginia Almanack for 1787 and 1789 and Ellicott's Maryland and Virginia almanac and ephemeris for 1791, each of which John Hayes of Baltimore had printed.[120] William Goddard of Baltimore, who later printed Banneker's 1792 almanac, had printed The Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia almanack and ephemeris for each year from 1784 to 1790, except 1786.[120]

Astronomical works[edit]

An announcement describing an astronomical sciences program that the "Banneker Institute" posted on Harvard University's website in 2016 stated: "As a forefather to Black American contributions to science, his (Banneker's) eminence has earned him the distinction of being the first professional astronomer in America." The announcement did not provide the source of this information.[121]

Banneker prepared his first published almanac in 1791, during the same year that he participated in the federal district boundary survey.[122][123] As a 1942 journal article entitled "Early American Astronomy" has reported, American almanacs published as early as 1687 predicted eclipses and other astronomical events, while John Winthrop, David Rittenhouse and other Americans authored publications that described their telescopic observations of the 1761 and 1769 transits of Venus soon after these events occurred (See also: Colonial American Astronomy).[124][125] In contrast to the statement in the Banneker Institute's posting, that article and others that have reported the works of 17th and 18th century American astronomers either do not mention Banneker's name or describe his works as occurring after those of other Americans.[124][126]

A book relating the history of American astronomy stated, that as a result of the American Revolution, "... what astronomical activity there was from 1776 through 1830 was sporadic and inconsequential".[127] Another such book has stated that "the dawn of American professional astronomy" began in the middle of the 19th century.[128]

Seventeen-year cicada[edit]

Brood X periodical cicada
(June 2004)

In 2004, during a year in which Brood X of the seventeen-year periodical cicada (Magicicada septendecim or seventeen-year locust) emerged from the ground in large numbers, columnist Courtland Milloy wrote in The Washington Post an article entitled "Time to Create Some Buzz for Banneker".[129] Milloy claimed that Banneker "is believed to have been the first person to document this noisy recurrence" of the insect. Milloy stated that Banneker had recorded in a journal "published around 1800" that the "locusts" had appeared in 1749, 1766 and 1783.

Milloy further noted that Banneker had predicted that the insects would return in 1800.[130] In 2014, the authors of an online publication that reproduced Banneker's handwritten journal report cited Milloy's article and contended that "Banneker was one of the first naturalists to record scientific information and observations of the seventeen-year cicada".[131]

However, earlier published accounts of the periodical cicada's life cycle describe the history of cicada sightings differently. These accounts cite descriptions of fifteen- to seventeen-year recurrences of enormous numbers of noisy emergent cicadas that people had written as early as 1733,[132][133] when Banneker was two years old.

Pehr Kalm, a Swedish naturalist visiting Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 1749 on behalf of his nation's government, observed in late May the first of the three Brood X emergences that Banneker's journal later documented.[132][134] When reporting the event in a paper that a Swedish academic journal published in 1756, Kalm wrote:

The general opinion is that these insects appear in these fantastic numbers in every seventeenth year. Meanwhile, except for an occasional one which may appear in the summer, they remain underground.
There is considerable evidence that these insects appear every seventeenth year in Pennsylvania.[134]

Kalm then described documents (including one that he had obtained from Benjamin Franklin) that had recorded in Pennsylvania the emergence from the ground of large numbers of cicadas during May 1715 and May 1732. He noted that the people who had prepared these documents had made no such reports in other years.[134] Kalm further noted that others had informed him that they had seen cicadas only occasionally before the insects appeared in large swarms during 1749.[134] He additionally stated that he had not heard any cicadas in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 1750 in the same months and areas in which he had heard many in 1749.[134] The 1715 and 1732 reports, when coupled with his own 1749 and 1750 observations, supported the previous "general opinion" that he had cited.

Kalm summarized his findings in a paper translated into English in 1771,[135] stating:

There are a kind of Locusts which about every seventeen years come hither in incredible numbers .... In the interval between the years when they are so numerous, they are only seen or heard single in the woods.[132][136]

In 1758, Carl Linnaeus gave to the insect that Kalm had described the Latin name of Cicada septendecim (seventeen-year cicada) in the tenth edition of his Systema Naturae.[137] Banneker's second observation of a Brood X emergence occurred eight years later. A writer documented that emergence in a 1766 journal article entitled Observations on the cicada, or locust of America, which appears periodically once in 16 or 17 years.[138]

Other legends and embellishments[edit]

In 1930, writer Lloyd Morris claimed in an academic journal article entitled The Negro "Renaissance" that "Benjamin Banneker attracted the attention of a President.... President Thomas Jefferson sent a copy of one of Banneker's almanacs to his friend, the French philosopher Condorcet....".[139] However, Thomas Jefferson sent Banneker's almanac to the Marquis de Condorcet in 1791, a decade before he became President in 1801.[140][141]

National Archives at College Park
Benjamin Banneker cartoon by Charles Alston, 1943, claiming that Banneker had been a "city planner", "was placed on the commission which surveyed and laid out the city of Washington, D.C.", and had "constructed the first clock made in America".
Archives of American Art
Charles Alston (1939)

In 1943, an African American artist, Charles Alston, who was at the time an employee of the United States Office of War Information, designed a cartoon that embellished the statements that Henry E. Baker had made in 1918.[60] Like Baker, Alston incorrectly claimed that Banneker "was placed on the commission which surveyed and laid out the city of Washington, D.C." Alston extended this claim by also stating that Banneker had been a "city planner". Alston's cartoon additionally repeated a claim that Lydia Maria Child had made in 1865[86] by stating that Banneker had "constructed the first clock made in America".[142]

Stevie Wonder (1973)

In 1976, the singer-songwriter Stevie Wonder celebrated Banneker's mythical feats in his song "Black Man", from the album Songs in the Key of Life. The lyrics of the song state:

Who was the man who helped design the nation's capitol,
Made the first clock to give time in America and wrote the first almanac?
Benjamin Banneker, a black man[143]

The question's answer is incorrect. Banneker did not help design either the U.S. Capitol or the nation's capital city and did not write America's first almanac.[7] The first known clockmaker of record in America was Thomas Nash, an early settler of New Haven in 1638.[106]

Núria Perpinyà

In 1998, a Catalan writer, Núria Perpinyà, created a fictional character, Aleph Banneker, in her novel Un bon error (A Good Mistake). The writer's website reported that the character, an "eminent scientist", was meant to recall Benjamin Banneker, an eighteenth-century "black astronomer and urbanist".[144] However, none of Banneker's documented activities or writings suggest that he was an "urbanist".[145]

In 1999, the National Capital Memorial Commission concluded that the relationship between Banneker and L’Enfant was such that L’Enfant Promenade was the most logical place in Washington, DC on which to construct a proposed memorial to Banneker.[146] However, a researcher has been unable find any historical evidence that shows that Banneker had any relationship at all to L'Enfant or to L'Enfant's plan for the city, although he wrote that the two men "undoubtedly" met each other after L'Enfant arrived in Georgetown in March 1791 to begin his work.[56][68][147]

A history painting by Peter Waddell entitled A Vision Unfolds debuted in 2005 within an exhibition on Freemasonry that the Octagon House's museum in Washington, D.C., was hosting. The oil painting was again displayed in 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011, first in the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska and later in the National Heritage Museum in Lexington, Massachusetts and in the Scottish Rite Center of the District of Columbia in Washington, D.C.[148] Waddell's painting contains elements present in Edward Savage's 1789-1796 painting The Washington Family, which portrays President George Washington and his wife Martha viewing a plan of the City of Washington.[149]

A Vision Unfolds depicts a meeting that is taking place within an elaborate surveying tent. In the imaginary scene, Banneker presents a map of the federal district (the Territory of Columbia) to President Washington and Andrew Ellicott.[148][150]

However, Andrew Ellicott completed his survey of the federal district's boundaries in 1792.[9][11] On January 1, 1793, Ellicott submitted to the three commissioners "a report of his first map of the four lines of experiment, showing a half mile on each side, including the district of territory, with a survey of the different waters within the territory".[151] The Library of Congress has attributed to 1793 Ellicott's earliest map of the Territory of Columbia that the Library holds within its collections.[150] As Banneker left the federal capital area in 1791,[3][4][34] Banneker could not have had any association with the map that Waddell depicted.

Further, writers have pointed out that there is no evidence that Banneker had anything to do with the final establishment of the federal district's boundaries.[3] Additionally, a researcher has been unable to find any documentation that shows that President Washington and Banneker ever met.[69]

In 2018, a National Park Service web page stated that "Banneker became one of the first black civil servants of the new nation" when "he surveyed the city of Washington".[31] However, a researcher had reported more than 40 years earlier that it was Andrew Ellicott (not the federal government) who hired Banneker to participate in the survey of the federal district.[9] Ellicott paid Banneker $60 for his participation, including travel expenses.[152][153]

Commemorative U.S. quarter dollar coin nomination[edit]

Adrian M. Fenty (2007)

In 2008, the District of Columbia government considered selecting an image of Banneker for the reverse side of the District of Columbia quarter in the 2009 District of Columbia and United States Territories Quarter Program.[154] The original narrative supporting this selection[155] (subsequently revised)[156] alleged that Banneker helped design the new capital city, was an inventor, was "among the first ever African-American presidential appointees" and was "a founder of Washington, D.C."

After the District chose to commemorate another person on the coin, the District's mayor, Adrian M. Fenty, sent a letter to the Director of the United States Mint, Edmund C. Moy, that claimed that Banneker "played an integral role in the physical design of the nation's capital."[157] However, there are no known documents that show that any president ever appointed Banneker to any position or that Banneker ever invented anything. Further, Banneker played no role at all in the design, development or founding of the nation's capital beyond his three-month participation in the two-year survey of the federal district's boundaries.[3][49][152]

Historical markers[edit]

Several historical markers in Maryland and Washington, D.C., contain information relating to Benjamin Banneker that is unsupported by historical evidence or is contradicted by such evidence:

Historical marker in Benjamin Banneker Historical Park, Baltimore County, Maryland[edit]

Historical marker in Benjamin Banneker Historical Park, Baltimore County, Maryland, stating that Banneker published the first Maryland almanac in 1792. (February 2017)

A commemorative historical marker that the Maryland Historical Society erected on the present grounds of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park in Baltimore County, Maryland, states that Banneker "published the first Maryland almanac" in 1792.[158] A researcher has reported that this statement is incorrect.[159] The researcher stated that Banneker may have modeled the format of his almanac after a series of almanacs (The United States Almanack) that Andrew Ellicott had authored from 1781 to 1785.[118][160] Ellicott had lived in Maryland during some of those years.[118] Ellicott's almanacs were published in Baltimore, Maryland.[161]

Further, Banneker did not "publish" his 1792 almanac. Although he authored this work, others printed, distributed and sold it.[122]

Historical marker in Benjamin Banneker Park, Washington, DC[edit]

A historical marker that the National Park Service erected in Benjamin Banneker Park in Washington, D.C., in 1997[162][a 2] states in an unreferenced paragraph:

Banneker became intrigued by a pocket watch he had seen as a young man. Using a knife he intricately carved out the wheels and gears of a wooden timepiece. The remarkable clock he constructed from memory kept time and struck the hours for the next fifty years.[163]

However, Banneker completed his clock in 1753 at the age of 21, when he was still a young man.[164] No historical evidence shows that he constructed the clock from memory.[165]

Further, it is open to question as to whether the clock was actually "remarkable". A researcher has noted that at least four clockmakers were working in Annapolis, Maryland, before 1753, when Banneker completed his own clock.[104]

A photograph on the historical marker illustrates a wooden striking clock that Benjamin Cheney constructed around 1760.[163][166] The marker does not indicate that the clock is not Banneker's.[163]

Historical marker in Newseum, Washington, DC[edit]

In 2008, when the Newseum opened to the public on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., visitors looking over the Avenue could read a historical marker that stated:

Benjamin Banneker assisted Chief Surveyor Andrew Ellicott in laying out the Avenue based on Pierre L’Enfant’s Plan. President George Washington appointed Ellicott and Banneker to survey the boundaries of the new city.[167]

Little or none of this appears to be correct. Banneker had no documented involvement with the laying out of Pennsylvania Avenue or with L’Enfant’s Plan.[3][4][7] Andrew Ellicott surveyed the boundaries of the federal district (not the “boundaries of the new city”) at the suggestion of Thomas Jefferson.[64] Ellicott (not Washington) appointed Banneker to assist in the boundary survey.[9][67]

Commemorations of Benjamin Banneker[edit]

A United States postage stamp and the names of a number of recreational and cultural facilities, educational institutions, streets and other facilities and institutions throughout the United States have commemorated Banneker's documented and mythical accomplishments throughout the years since he lived.

Benjamin Banneker postage stamp[edit]

On February 15, 1980, during Black History Month, the United States Postal Service issued in Annapolis, Maryland, a 15 cent commemorative postage stamp that featured a portrait of Banneker.[94][95][168][96][169] An image of Banneker standing behind a short telescope mounted on a tripod was superimposed upon the portrait.[170] The device shown in the stamp resembles Andrew Ellicott's transit and equal altitude instrument (see Theodolite), which is presently in the collection of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.[171]

Jerry Pinckney (2011)

The stamp was the third in the Postal Service's Black Heritage stamp series.[168][172] The featured portrait was one that Jerry Pinkney of Croton-on-Hudson, New York, who designed the first nine stamps in the series, had earlier placed on another approved version of the stamp.[173] A Banneker biographer subsequently noted that, because no known portrait of Banneker exists, the stamp artist had based the portrait on "imagined features".[174]

Recreational and cultural facilities[edit]

The names of a number of recreational and cultural facilities commemorate Banneker. These facilities include parks, playgrounds, community centers, museums and a planetarium.

Parks[edit]

Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, Baltimore County, Maryland[edit]

A park commemorating Benjamin Banneker is located in a stream valley woodland at the former site of Banneker's farm and residence in Oella, Maryland, between Ellicott City and the City of Baltimore.[175][a 3] The Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks manages the $2.5 million facility, which was dedicated on June 9, 1998.[176] The park, which encompasses 138 acres (56 ha) and contains archaeological sites and extensive nature trails, is the largest original African American historical site in the United States.[177] The primary focus of the park is a museum highlighting Banneker's contributions.[a 4] The museum contains a visitors center that features a collection of Banneker's works and artifacts, a community gallery, a gift shop and a patio garden.[177][178]

The park contains an 1850s stone farmhouse, now named the "Molly Banneky House". The three-story house was restored as an office complex in 2004.[179][a 5]

On November 12, 2009, officials opened a 224 square feet (20.8 m2) replica of Banneker's log cabin on the park grounds, reportedly two days before the 278th anniversary of Banneker's birth.[180][181][a 6] Baltimore County's delegation to the Maryland General Assembly secured a $400,000 state bond for the design and construction of the cabin.[180][182] The original estimated cost to construct the cabin in accordance with its drawings and specifications was $240,700.[183]

A historical marker that the Maryland Historical Society erected to commemorate Banneker stands on the grounds of the park.[158] The marker replaced the last of three earlier markers that vandals had previously destroyed.[184]

Gallery of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum[edit]
Benjamin Banneker Park and Memorial, Washington, D.C.[edit]
Plaza and fountain in Benjamin Banneker Park, Washington, D.C. (2011)
Library of Congress
Looking north at Benjamin Banneker Park and Overlook in Washington, D.C., with L'Enfant Promenade behind it and the James V. Forrestal Building, the Smithsonian Institution Building ("The Castle") and the National Mall in the background (1990).

A 4.7 acres (1.9 ha) urban park memorializing Benjamin Banneker is located in southwest Washington, D.C., one half mile (800 m) south of the Smithsonian Institution's "Castle" on the National Mall. The park features a prominent overlook at the south end of L'Enfant Promenade and Tenth Street SW. A traffic circle, named Banneker Circle SW, surrounds the overlook. A grassy slope descends steeply from the traffic circle to the Southwest Freeway (Interstate 395), Ninth Street SW and Maine Avenue SW.[55][185][186][a 7]

The National Park Service (NPS) operates the park as part of its National Mall and Memorial Parks administrative unit.[187] The NPS erected a historical marker near the park's entrance in 1997.[162][163][185][186][188][189] The park is now at stop number 8 on Washington's Southwest Heritage Trail.[190]

In 1967, landscape architect Daniel Urban Kiley completed the design of the "Tenth Street Overlook".[162] After the District of Columbia Redevelopment Land Agency completed construction of the Overlook in 1969, the Agency transferred the Overlook to the NPS in 1970.[162]

The elliptical 200 feet (61 m) wide overlook provides elevated views of the nearby Southwest Waterfront, Washington Channel, East Potomac Park, Potomac River and more distant areas. The centerpiece of the overlook's modernist plaza is a large conical fountain that projects water more than 30 feet in the air and catches it in a circular basin made from honed green granite. The rings of the fountain and basin in the center of the site are reiterated in the benches, double rows of London plane trees, and low concrete walls that establish the plaza’s edge. The ground plane is paved with granite squares, a continuation of L'Enfant Promenade's materials. The ground plane is concave, and with the trees and fountain helps define the spatial volume of the plaza.[186][191]

In 1970, the District of Columbia City Council passed a resolution that petitioned the NPS to rename the Overlook as Banneker Park, arguing that the Council had already renamed the adjacent highway circle as Banneker Circle, S.W.[162] The NPS thereupon hosted a dedication ceremony in 1971 that renamed the Overlook as "Benjamin Banneker Park".[162] Following completion of a restoration project, the park was ceremoniously rededicated in 1997 to again commemorate Banneker.[162][192] However, a 2016 NPS publication later noted that the NPS had renamed the Overlook to commemorate Banneker even though the area had no specific connection to Banneker himself.[193]

In 1998, the 105th United States Congress enacted legislation that authorized the Washington Interdependence Council of the District of Columbia to establish at the Council's expense a memorial on federal land in the District that would commemorate Banneker's accomplishments.[146][194] The Council plans to erect this memorial in or near the park.[146][195] In 2006, the Council held a charrette to select the artist that would design the memorial.[196]

Construction of the memorial was expected to begin after the United States Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) approved the memorial's design and location in accordance with the legislation that authorized the establishment of the memorial and with the United States Code (40 U.S.C. § 8905).[195][197] However, the proposed memorial had by 1999 become a $17 million project that would contain a visitors' center near the "Castle" at the north end of the Promenade, a clock atop a tall pedestal at the midpoint of the Promenade, a statue of Banneker in the park's circle at the south end of the Promenade and a skyway over Interstate 395 that would connect the park to the waterfront.[162][198][199] After considering the proposal, the National Capital Memorial Commission rejected the placement of the statue in the park and decided to consult with the District of Columbia government about placing a Banneker memorial at the midpoint of the Promenade.[146][162][199][200]

The legislative authority relative to locating the Memorial on federal land lapsed in 2005.[162][200] This did not preclude the location of the memorial on lands such as the road right-of-way in the Promenade that are under the jurisdiction of the District of Columbia's government.[102][146][189][200]

During the 2000s, various organizations proposed to develop at the site of Benjamin Banneker Park a number of large facilities including a baseball stadium (later constructed elsewhere in D.C. as Nationals Park), the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a National Children's Museum and a National Museum of the American Latino.[200] In 2004, the D.C. Preservation League listed the Park as one of the most endangered places in the District because of such proposals to redevelop the park's area.[201] The League stated that the park, "Designed by renowned landscape architect Daniel Urban Kiley ... is culturally significant as the first public space in Washington named for an African American and is usually included in Black History tours".[201]

In 2006, the District government and the Federal Highway Administration issued an environmental assessment for "improvements" to the promenade and park that described a number of projects that could redevelop the area containing the park.[202] In 2011, a proposal surfaced that would erect a structure housing a "National Museum of the American People" at or near the site of the park.[203]

In 2012, the United States Army Corps of Engineers determined that Benjamin Banneker Park was not eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places.[204] However, the District of Columbia State Historic Preservation Office (DC SHPO) did not concur with this determination.[204] The DC SHPO stated that additional research and coordination with the NPS would be needed before it could make a final determination of eligibility.[204] In 2014, the DC SHPO concurred with the superintendent of the National Mall and Memorial Parks that the park was eligible for inclusion in the National Register as an integral component of the 10th Street Promenade/Banneker Overlook composition, but not as an independent entity.[204]

In January 2013, the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) accepted "The SW Ecodistrict Plan" (see: Southwest Ecodistrict).[205] The Plan recommended the redesign of Benjamin Banneker Park and adjacent areas to accommodate one or more new memorials, museums and/or landscaping.[206]

in 2013, the NPS issued a "Cultural Landscapes Inventory" report for the park. The report described the features, significance and history of the park and its surrounding area, as well the planning processes that had influenced the park's construction and development.[207]

In September 2014, the NCPC accepted an addendum to the SW Ecodistrict Plan.[208] The addendum stated: "A modern, terraced landscape at Banneker Park is envisioned to enhance the park and to provide a gateway to the National Mall."[209]

In April 2017, the NCPC approved plans for a staircase and ramp that would connect the park with Washington's Southwest Waterfront and that would add lighting and trees to the area. The NCPC and the NPS intended the project to be an interim improvement that could be in place for ten years while the area awaits redevelopment.[187][210] Construction began on the project in September 2017 and was completed during the spring of 2018.[211]

Benjamin Banneker Park, Arlington County, Virginia[edit]

An 11 acres (4.5 ha) park in Arlington County, Virginia, memorializes Banneker and the survey of the boundaries of the District of Columbia, in which he participated.[212] The park features access to paved trails, picnic tables with charcoal grills, a playground, a playing field, a stream and a dog park.[212] The Benjamin Banneker: SW-9 Intermediate Boundary Stone, one of the forty boundary markers of the original District of Columbia, is within the park.[212][213]

Playground[edit]

Banneker Playground, Brooklyn, New York[edit]

The Banneker Playground in Brooklyn, New York, was originally built by the federal Works Progress Administration in 1937. In 1985, the New York City parks department renamed the 1.67 acres (0.68 ha) playground to commemorate Benjamin Banneker. The playground contains handball and basketball courts, trees and a sculpture of a sitting camel. The Benjamin Banneker Elementary School (P.S. 256), built in 1956, is near the playground.[214]

Community Centers[edit]

Banneker Community Center, Catonsville, Maryland[edit]

The Banneker Community Center (Banneker Recreation Center) in Catonsville, Maryland, is located near the intersection of the Baltimore National Pike (U.S. Route 40) and the Baltimore Beltway (Interstate 695), about 2 miles (3 km) northeast of the former site of Banneker's home and farm. A unit of the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks, the facility contains ballfields, multipurpose courts and a playground.[215][a 8]

Banneker Community Center, Washington, D.C.[edit]
Banneker Community Center, Washington, D.C. (2011)

The Banneker Community Center in northwest Washington, D.C. is located near Howard University in the city's Columbia Heights neighborhood. The center, which is a unit of the District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation, contains playing fields, basketball and tennis courts, a swimming pool (Banneker pool), a computer lab and other indoor and outdoor facilities.[216] Constructed in 1934 and named for Benjamin Banneker, the center's building (formerly named the Banneker Recreation Center) was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1986 because of its role as a focal point in the development of the black community in Washington, D.C.[217]

Benjamin Banneker Community Center, Bloomington, Indiana[edit]

The Benjamin Banneker Community Center in Bloomington, Indiana, contains a gymnasium, restrooms, a kitchen, a library and a family resource center.[218] Benjamin Banneker School was a segregated school for Bloomington's African American residents from 1915 to 1951. When the school desegregated, its name was changed to Fairview Annex. In 1955, the school's building became the Westside Community Center. In 1994, the Bloomington City Council changed the community center's name to commemorate the building's history as a segregated school and to re-commemorate Benjamin Banneker.[219][220] The City of Bloomington's Parks and Recreation Department operates the center.[221]

Museum[edit]

Banneker-Douglass Museum, Annapolis, Maryland[edit]

The Banneker-Douglass Museum in Annapolis, Maryland, memorializes Benjamin Banneker and Frederick Douglass.[97] The museum, which was dedicated on February 24, 1984, is the State of Maryland's official museum of African American heritage.[97][222] It is housed within and adjacent to the former Mount Moriah African Methodist Episcopal Church, which the National Park Service placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[97][223]

Planetarium[edit]

Banneker Planetarium, Catonsville, Maryland[edit]

The Banneker Planetarium in Catonsville, Maryland, is located about 2 miles (3 km) southeast of the former site of Benjamin Banneker's home and farm. The planetarium is a component of the Community College of Baltimore County's Catonsville Campus. Operated by the College's School of Mathematics and Science, the planetarium offers shows and programs to the public.[224][a 9]

Educational institutions[edit]

The names of a number of university buildings, high schools, middle schools, elementary schools, professorships and scholarships throughout the United States have commemorated Benjamin Banneker. These include:

University buildings, rooms and memorials[edit]

High schools and high school rooms[edit]

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, Washington, D.C. (2017)

Middle schools[edit]

Elementary Schools[edit]

Benjamin Banneker School, Parkville, Missouri (2018)

Professorships and scholarships[edit]

The names of several university professorships and scholarships commemorate Banneker. These include:

Awards[edit]

The names of several awards commemorate Banneker. These include:

Streets[edit]

The names of a number of streets throughout the United States commemorate Banneker. These include:

Real estate[edit]

The names of a number of buildings and apartment complexes commemorate Banneker. These include:

Businesses[edit]

The names of a number of businesses commemorate Banneker. These include:

Advocacy groups[edit]

The names and/or goals of several advocacy groups commemorate Banneker. These include:

  • The Benjamin Banneker Association, Inc. (BANNEKERMATH.org), Philadelphia, Pennsylvania[271]
  • The Benjamin Banneker Center for Economic Justice and Progress, Baltimore, Maryland[272]
  • The Benjamin Banneker Foundation, Fulton, Maryland[273]
  • The Benjamin Banneker Institute for Science & Technology, Washington, D.C.[274]
  • Washington Interdependence Council: Administrators of the Benjamin Banneker Memorial and Banneker Institute of Math & Science, Washington, D.C.[275]

Other[edit]

Other commemorations of Benjamin Banneker include:


List and map of coordinates[edit]

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  1. ^ Coordinates of inscription of L'Enfant's name in Freedom Plaza: 38°53′45″N 77°01′53″W / 38.895838°N 77.031254°W / 38.895838; -77.031254 (Inscription of name of "Peter Charles L'Enfant" in inlay of L'Enfant's plan in Freedom Plaza)
  2. ^ Coordinates of National Park Service's historical marker in Benjamin Banneker Park, Washington, D.C.: 38°52′55″N 77°01′34″W / 38.8818496°N 77.026037°W / 38.8818496; -77.026037 (Historical marker in Benjamin Banneker Park, Washington, D.C.)
  3. ^ Coordinates of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park, Baltimore County, Maryland: 39°16′07″N 76°46′36″W / 39.268506°N 76.776543°W / 39.268506; -76.776543 (Benjamin Banneker Historical Park, Baltimore County, Maryland)
  4. ^ Coordinates of Benjamin Banneker Museum, Baltimore County, Maryland: 39°16′08″N 76°46′30″W / 39.268927°N 76.775018°W / 39.268927; -76.775018 (Benjamin Banneker Museum, Baltimore County, Maryland)
  5. ^ Coordinates of Molly Banneky House: 39°16′13″N 76°46′36″W / 39.270297°N 76.776638°W / 39.270297; -76.776638 (Molly Banneky House in Benjamin Banneker Historical Park)
  6. ^ Coordinates of replica of Benjamin Banneker's log cabin: 39°16′07″N 76°46′32″W / 39.268505°N 76.775552°W / 39.268505; -76.775552 (Replica of Benjamin Banneker's log cabin in Benjamin Banneker Historical Park)
  7. ^ Coordinates of Benjamin Banneker Park, Washington, D.C.: 38°52′54″N 77°01′34″W / 38.8817128°N 77.0259833°W / 38.8817128; -77.0259833 (Benjamin Banneker Park, Washington, D.C.)
  8. ^ Coordinates of Benjamin Banneker Community Center, Catonsville, Maryland: 39°16′50″N 76°44′25″W / 39.2804882°N 76.7403379°W / 39.2804882; -76.7403379 (Benjamin Banneker Community Center, Catonsville, Maryland)
  9. ^ Coordinates of Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, Maryland: 39°15′12″N 76°44′08″W / 39.2534553°N 76.7355797°W / 39.2534553; -76.7355797 (Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville, Maryland)
  10. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Avenue, Richmond Heights, Missouri: 38°37′28″N 90°20′01″W / 38.6243918°N 90.33350°W / 38.6243918; -90.33350 (Banneker Avenue, Richmond Heights, Missouri)
  11. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota: 44°59′24″N 93°17′51″W / 44.9899561°N 93.2975766°W / 44.9899561; -93.2975766 (Banneker Avenue North, Minneapolis, Minnesota)
  12. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Court, Detroit, Michigan: 42°23′28″N 82°58′30″W / 42.3910148°N 82.974933°W / 42.3910148; -82.974933 (Banneker Court, Detroit, Michigan)
  13. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Court, Mobile, Alabama: 30°43′05″N 88°05′39″W / 30.7181507°N 88.0940791°W / 30.7181507; -88.0940791 (Banneker Court, Mobile, Alabama)
  14. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Court, Stone Mountain, Georgia: 33°50′12″N 84°10′58″W / 33.836538°N 84.1828309°W / 33.836538; -84.1828309 (Banneker Court, Stone Mountain, Georgia)
  15. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Court, Wilmington, Delaware: 39°43′28″N 75°32′45″W / 39.7243704°N 75.5459409°W / 39.7243704; -75.5459409 (Banneker Court, Wilmington, Delaware)
  16. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Cove, Memphis, Tennessee: 35°00′15″N 90°04′18″W / 35.0041318°N 90.0717804°W / 35.0041318; -90.0717804 (Banneker Cove, Memphis, Tennessee)
  17. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Drive, San Diego: 32°42′45″N 117°01′58″W / 32.7125172°N 117.0328774°W / 32.7125172; -117.0328774 (Banneker Drive, San Diego, California)
  18. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia: 37°14′58″N 76°39′26″W / 37.2495039°N 76.6572029°W / 37.2495039; -76.6572029 (Banneker Drive, Williamsburg, Virginia)
  19. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Drive Northeast, Washington, D.C.: 38°55′33″N 76°57′42″W / 38.9259512°N 76.9615853°W / 38.9259512; -76.9615853 (Banneker Drive Northeast, Washington, D.C.)
  20. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Lane, Annapolis, Maryland: 38°57′55″N 76°31′53″W / 38.9653623°N 76.5314086°W / 38.9653623; -76.5314086 (Banneker Lane, Annapolis, Maryland)
  21. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Place, Dallas, Texas: 32°47′52″N 96°47′29″W / 32.7977617°N 96.7912545°W / 32.7977617; -96.7912545 (Banneker Place, Dallas, Texas)
  22. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Place, Nipomo, California: 35°01′27″N 120°32′28″W / 35.0242629°N 120.541212°W / 35.0242629; -120.541212 (Banneker Place, Nipomo, California)
  23. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Road, Columbia, Maryland: 39°12′45″N 76°52′14″W / 39.2125185°N 76.8705726°W / 39.2125185; -76.8705726 (Banneker Road, Columbia, Maryland)
  24. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Street, Columbus, Ohio: 39°52′37″N 82°49′38″W / 39.8769572°N 82.8273471°W / 39.8769572; -82.8273471 (Banneker Street, Columbus, Ohio)
  25. ^ Coordinates of Banneker Street, DeQuincy, Louisiana: 30°26′38″N 93°25′27″W / 30.4437891°N 93.4242829°W / 30.4437891; -93.4242829 (Banneker Street, DeQuincy, Louisiana)
  26. ^ Coordinates of Benjamin Banneker Boulevard, Aquasco, Maryland: 38°34′19″N 76°41′14″W / 38.5718481°N 76.6871739°W / 38.5718481; -76.6871739 (Benjamin Banneker Boulevard, Aquasco, Maryland)
  27. ^ Coordinates of South Banneker Avenue, Fresno, California: 36°42′55″N 119°48′26″W / 36.7153949°N 119.807338°W / 36.7153949; -119.807338 (South Banneker Avenue, Fresno, California)
  28. ^ Coordinates of West Banneker Street, Hanford, California: 36°18′33″N 119°39′57″W / 36.3091244°N 119.6659296°W / 36.3091244; -119.6659296 (West Banneker Street, Hanford, California)
  29. ^ Coordinates of Benjamim Banneker obelisk: 39°16′30″N 76°46′44″W / 39.2749641°N 76.778807°W / 39.2749641; -76.778807 (Benjamin Banneker obelisk)

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  1. ^ (1) Bedini, 1969, p. 7. "The name of Benjamin Banneker, the Afro-American self-taught mathematician and almanac-maker, occurs again and again in the several published accounts of the survey of Washington City [D.C.] begun in 1791, but with conflicting reports of the role which he played. Writers have implied a wide range of involvement, from the keeper of horses or supervisor of the woodcutters, to the full responsibility of not only the survey of the ten-mile square but the design of the city as well. None of these accounts has described the contribution which Banneker actually made."
    (2) Whiteman, Maxwell. Whiteman, Maxwell, ed. BENJAMIN BANNEKER: Surveyor and Astronomer: 1731-1806: A biographical note. Banneker's Almanack and Ephemeris for the Year of Our Lord 1793; being The First After Bisixtile or Leap Year and Banneker's almanac, for the year 1795: Being the Third After Leap Year: Afro-American History Series: Rhistoric Publication No. 202 (1969 Reprint Edition). Rhistoric Publications, a division of Microsurance Inc. LCCN 72077039. OCLC 907004619. Retrieved 2017-06-14 – via HathiTrust. A number of fictional accounts of Banneker are available. All of them were dependent upon the following: Proceedings of the Maryland Historical Society for 1837 and 1854 which respectively contain the accounts of Banneker by John B. H. Latrobe and Martha E. Tyson. They were subsequently reprinted as pamphlets.
    (3) Cerami, 2002, p. 142. "(Banneker) has existed in dim memory mainly on mangled ideas about his work, and even utter falsehoods that are unwise attempts to glorify a man who needs no such embellishment. ...."
    (4) Johnson, Richard (2007). "Banneker, Benjamin (1731-1806)". Online Encyclopedia of Significant People and Places in African American History. BlackPast.org. Archived from the original on 2014-03-09. Retrieved 2015-05-14. (Banneker's) life and work have become enshrouded in legend and anecdote.
    (5) Maryland Historical Society Library Department (2014-02-06). "The Dreams of Benjamin Banneker". Underbelly: African American History. Maryland Historical Society. Retrieved 2018-02-19. Over the 200 years since the death of Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806), his story has become a muddled combination of fact, inference, misinformation, hyperbole, and legend. Like many other figures throughout history, the small amount of surviving source material has nurtured the development of a degree of mythology surrounding his story. Archived 2018-02-19 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b c Shipler, David K. (1998). The Myths of America. A Country of Strangers: Blacks and Whites in America. New York: Vintage Books. pp. 196–197. ISBN 0679734546. OCLC 39849003. Archived from the original on 2015-06-07 – via Google Books. The Banneker story, impressive as it was, got embellished in 1987, when the public school system in Portland, Oregon, published African-American Baseline Essays, a thick stack of loose-leaf background papers for teachers, commissioned to encourage black history instruction. They have been used in Detroit, Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Newark, and scattered schools elsewhere, although they have been attacked for gross inaccuracy in an entire literature of detailed criticism by respected historians. ....
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Editorial Note: Locating the Federal District: Footnote 119". Founders Online: Thomas Jefferson. National Historical Publications & Records Commission: U.S. National Archives and Records Administration, last modified 2016-12-06. (Original source: The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, vol. 19, 24 January–31 March 1791, ed. Julian P. Boyd. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1974, pp. 3–58.). Archived from the original on 2016-12-22. Retrieved 2016-12-22. Recent biographical accounts of Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806), a mulatto whose father was a native African and whose grandmother was English, have done his memory a disservice by obscuring his real achievements under a cloud of extravagant claims to scientific accomplishment that have no foundation in fact. The single notable exception is Silvio A. Bedini’s The Life of Benjamin Banneker (New York, 1972), a work of painstaking research and scrupulous attention to accuracy which also benefits from the author’s discovery of important and hitherto unavailable manuscript sources. However, as Bedini points out, the story of Banneker’s involvement in the survey of the Federal District “rests on extremely meager documentation” (p. 104). This consists of a single mention by TJ, two brief statements by Banneker himself, and the newspaper allusion quoted above. In consequence, Bedini’s otherwise reliable biography accepts the version of Banneker’s role in this episode as presented in reminiscences of nineteenth-century authors. These recollections, deriving in large part from members of the Ellicott family, who were prompted by Quaker inclinations to justice and equality, have compounded the confusion. The nature of TJ’s connection with Banneker is treated in the Editorial Note to the group of documents under 30 Aug. 1791, but because of the obscured record it is necessary here to attempt a clarification of the role of this modest, self-taught tobacco farmer in the laying out of the national capital.
    First of all, because of unwarranted claims to the contrary, it must be pointed out that there is no evidence whatever that Banneker had anything to do with the survey of the Federal City or indeed with the final establishment of the boundaries of the Federal District. All available testimony shows that he was present only during the few weeks early in 1791 when the rough preliminary survey of the ten mile square was made; that, after this was concluded and before the final survey was begun, he returned to his farm and his astronomical studies in April, accompanying Ellicott part way on his brief journey back to Philadelphia; and that thenceforth he had no connection with the mapping of the seat of government. ...
    In any case, Banneker’s participation in the surveying of the Federal District was unquestionably brief and his role uncertain.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Bedini, 1999, p. 136.
  5. ^ (1) Bedini, 1969, p. 7. "The name of Benjamin Banneker, the Afro-American self-taught mathematician and almanac-maker, occurs again and again in the several published accounts of the survey of Washington City begun in 1791, but with conflicting reports of the role which he played. Writers have implied a wide range of involvement, from the keeper of horses or supervisor of the woodcutters, to the full responsibility of not only the survey of the ten mile square but the design of the city as well. None of these accounts has described the contribution which Banneker actually made."
    (2) Cerami, 2002, pp. 142-143.
    (3) Murdock. "This very well-researched book also helps lay to rest some of the myths about what Banneker did and did not do during his most unusual lifetime; unfortunately, many websites and books continue to propagate these myths, probably because those authors do not understand what Banneker actually accomplished."
    (4) Toscano. "Some writers, in an effort to build up their hero, claim that Banneker was the designer of Washington. Other writers have asserted that Banneker's role in the survey is a myth without documentation. Neither group is correct. Bedini does a professional job of sorting out the truth from the falsehoods."
    (5) Fasanelli, Florence D, "Benjamin Banneker's Life and Mathematics: Web of Truth? Legends as Facts; Man vs. Legend," a talk given on January 8, 2004, at the MAA/AMS meeting in Phoenix, AZ. Cited in Mahoney, John F. (July 2010). "Benjamin Banneker's Inscribed Equilateral Triangle - References". Loci. Mathematical Association of America. 2. Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-02-06.
    (6) Bigbytes. "Benjamin Banneker Stories". dcsymbols.com. Archived from the original on 2010-09-21. Retrieved 2013-01-27.
  6. ^ a b c d (1) Levine, Michael (2003-11-10). "L'Enfant designed more than D.C.: He designed a 200-year-old controversy". History: Planning Our Capital City: Get to know the District of Columbia. DCpages.com. Archived from the original on 2003-12-06. Retrieved 2016-12-31.
    (2) Brownell, Richard (2016-02-08). "Benjamin Banneker's Capital Contributions". Boundary Stones: WETA's Local History Blog. Arlington County, Virginia: WETA. Retrieved 2018-05-28.
  7. ^ a b c d e Arnebeck, Bob (2017-01-02). "Washington Examined: Seat of Empire: the General and the Plan 1790 to 1801". Blogger. Archived from the original on 2018-01-29. Retrieved 2018-01-29. Meanwhile Andrew Ellicott, the nation's Surveyor General, finished surveying the boundary lines of the federal district, and joined L'Enfant in laying out the city. (Ellicott showed a fine sense of the opportunity presented by the project by hiring a mathematician who was a "free Negro," to help with the survey. The Georgetown newspaper noted the significance of Benjamin Banneker's participation but, nearly sixty years old, he left the arduous project in May and returned to Baltimore to publish his almanac, and thus, contrary to legend, had nothing to do with L'Enfant's plan.
    In late August L'Enfant took his completed plan to Philadelphia. The president approved but thought it premature to designate the sites of the other buildings and many monuments that L'Enfant envisioned.
  8. ^ a b L'Enfant, Peter Charles; United States Coast and Geodetic Survey; United States Commissioner of Public Buildings (1887). "Plan of the city intended for the permanent seat of the government of t(he) United States: projected agreeable to the direction of the President of the United States, in pursuance of an act of Congress passed the sixteenth day of July, MDCCXC, "establishing the permanent seat on the bank of the Potowmac": [Washington, D.C.]". Washington: United States Coast and Geodetic Survey. LCCN 88694201. Retrieved 2017-03-05. Facsimile of the 1791 L'Enfant plan in Repository of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, Washington, D.C.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Bedini, 1969, p. 22-23."Considerable confusion developed among subsequent writers concerning the relative roles of Ellicott, L'Enfant and Banneker in the survey of the Federal City. Ellicott was, contrary to popular misconception, the first to receive an appointment to the project. His assignment was specifically to produce a survey of a ten-mile square within which the national capital was to be designed and laid out by L'Enfant. Ellicott and L'Enfant each worked independently under the supervision of the Commissioners appointed by Washington. After L'Enfant's subsequent dismissal, Ellicott was assigned the dual responsibility for continuing L'Enfant's work on the design of the city, and layout of public buildings, streets and property lots, in addition to completing his survey. Banneker was employed directly by Ellicott and did not at any time, as far as can be determined, work with or for L'Enfant."
  10. ^ a b Passonneau, Joseph R. (2004). Washington Through Two Centuries: A History in Maps and Images. New York: The Monacelli Press, Inc. pp. 14–16, 24–27. ISBN 1-58093-091-3. OCLC 53443052.
  11. ^ a b c d National Capital Planning Commission (1976). History. Boundary markers of the Nation's Capital: a proposal for their preservation & protection : a National Capital Planning Commission Bicentennial report. Washington, D.C.: National Capital Planning Commission; For sale by the Superintendent of Documents, United States Government Printing Office. pp. 3–9. OCLC 3772302. Retrieved 2016-02-22. At HathiTrust Digital Library.
  12. ^ (1) Ellicott, Andrew (1793). "Territory of Columbia". Maps. Library of Congress. Archived from the original on 2016-10-11. Retrieved 2016-10-22. Notes: ... Accompanied by positive and negative photocopies of 3 letters dated 1793 relating to the map, 1 of which signed by: And'w Ellicott.
    (2) L'Enfant identified himself as "Peter Charles L'Enfant" during most of his life, while residing in the United States. He wrote this name on his "Plan of the city intended for the permanent seat of the government of t(he) United States ...." (Washington, D.C.) and on other legal documents. However, during the early 1900s, a French ambassador to the U.S., Jean Jules Jusserand, popularized the use of L'Enfant's birth name, "Pierre Charles L'Enfant". (Reference: Bowling, Kenneth R. (2002). Peter Charles L'Enfant: vision, honor, and male friendship in the early American Republic. Washington, D.C.: George Washington University. Archived from the original on 2014-07-01. Retrieved 2015-04-24 – via Google Books.) The United States Code states in 40 U.S.C. § 3309: "(a) In General.—The purposes of this chapter shall be carried out in the District of Columbia as nearly as may be practicable in harmony with the plan of Peter Charles L'Enfant." The National Park Service identifies L'Enfant as "Major Peter Charles L'Enfant Archived 2014-04-05 at the Wayback Machine" and as "Major Pierre (Peter) Charles L'Enfant" on its website.
  13. ^ a b Bowling
  14. ^ (1) Crew, pp. 101-102 Archived 2015-11-11 at the Wayback Machine
    (2) "Plan of the City of Washington". Washington Map Society. 1997-03-22. Archived from the original on 2012-06-23. Retrieved 2012-06-29.
  15. ^ Murray, Daniel. A Paper Read Before the Banneker of Association of Washington. In Allen, Will W. (1921). Banneker: The Afro-American Astronomer. Washington, D.C. LCCN 21017456. OCLC 10344679. Reprinted in Allen, Will W.; Murray, Daniel (2005). Banneker: The Afro-American Astronomer. Baltimore, Maryland: Black Classic Press. pp. 12–15. ISBN 0933121-48-2. OCLC 808618979. Retrieved 2017-08-16 – via Google Books. Archived 2018-12-15 at the Wayback Machine
  16. ^ Klinkowitz, Jerome (1978). Inge, M. Thomas; Duke, Maurice; Bryer; Jackson R., eds. Benjamin Banneker. Early Writers: Jupiter Hammon, Phillis Wheatley, and Benjamin Banneker in Black American Writers: Biographical Essays. 1: Beginnings Through the Harlem Renaissance and Langston Hughes. New York: St. Martin's Press. pp. 18–22. doi:10.1007/978-1-349-81436-7. ISBN 0312082606. LCCN 77085987. OCLC 4259793. Retrieved 2017-08-16 – via Google Books.CS1 maint: Uses editors parameter (link)
  17. ^ a b "Howard U Gets Memorial to Benjamin Banneker" (PDF). Chicago, Illinois: The Chicago Defender (National edition). ProQuest Historical Newspapers. 1929-02-16. p. A1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-11-09. Retrieved 2017-11-09 – via The Pearl of Omega.
  18. ^ Jusserand, p. 190. Archived 2016-06-10 at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ (1) "Benjamin Banneker The Man Who Designed Washington DC". African Globe. 2012-12-08. Retrieved 2018-12-13. Impressed by his abilities, Jefferson recommended Benjamin Banneker to be a part of a surveying team to lay out Washington, D.C. Appointed to the three-man team by president George Washington, Benjamin Banneker wound up saving the project when the lead architect quit in a fury – taking all the plans with him. Using his meticulous memory, Benjamin Banneker was able to recreate the plans. Archived 2018-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
    (2) Lewis, C. L. (February 1966). "Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Saved Washington, D. C." Negro Digest: Negro History Issue. Chicago, Illinois: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc. 15 (4): 18–20. Retrieved 2019-02-17 – via Google Books.
    (3) Lewis, Claude (1970). Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Saved Washington. New York: McGraw-Hill. pp. 82–95. LCCN 79092101. OCLC 72113. Retrieved 2015-04-24 – via Google Books. He probably does, Mr. Secretary. Benjamin Banneker has an incredible memory. I've known him for years and if he says that he remembers the plans, I believe he does. Archived 2018-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
    (4) "An Early American Hero: Benjamin Banneker". SuccessMaker Enterprise. Pearson Education, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2012-05-06. Noted surveyor Benjamin Banneker had been working closely with L'Enfant and Chief Surveyor Andrew Ellicott. Banneker thought he might be able to redraw all the plans—from memory! Two days later he delivered the plans, and construction proceeded without significant delay. Today the city of Washington, D.C., stands as a reminder of Banneker's genius.
    (4) Bofah, Kofi (2009-02-20). "Black History: Benjamin Banneker, Genius: The Legend of an Intellectual and Architect of Washington, D.C." Yahoo! Voices. Yahoo!. Archived from the original on 2015-04-02. Retrieved 2012-09-10.
    (5) Asante, Molefi Kete (2002). "Benjamin Banneker". 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books. p. 49. ISBN 1-57392-963-8. LCCN 2002018993. OCLC 606853456. Retrieved 2018-12-12 – via Google Books. ... when President George Washington, in February 1791, commissioned Ellicott and the French engineer L'Enfant to help plan the construction of the nation's capital on an area of land twenty-five sq kilometer (10 sq mi) in Virginia and Maryland, Ellicott asked Banneker to assist him. Soon thereafter the Frenchman abandoned the project over a dispute with some Americans. L'Enfant refused to leave his plans with the surveying team, but because Banneker had placed close attention to the mathematical details, he was able to reproduce most of the plans and ideas from memory. For this reason, some refer to Washington, D.C., as Banneker's Town. Archived 2018-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
  20. ^ The following websites and publications relate parts or all of various versions of this urban legend:
    • Tyson, Martha Ellicott (1884). Kirk, Anne Tyson, ed. Banneker, the Afric-American Astronomer. From the posthumous papers of M.E. Tyson. Edited by her daughter. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Friends' Book Association. pp. 38–39. LCCN 04013085. OCLC 79879919. Archived from the original on 2016-02-03 – via Google Books. It was the work, also of Major Elllicott, under the orders of General Washington, then President of the United States, to locate the sites of the Capitol, President's House, Treasury and other public buildings. In this, also, Banneker was his assistant. Quoted in Bedini, 1969, p. 26.
    • Committees of the Professional Staff During the School Year 1967-1968 (1967). "Grade Four: Social Studies" (PDF). Education for Intercultural Relations (Grades K-12). Evansville, Indiana: Evansvile-Vanderburgh School Corporation. p. 26. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-04-25. Retrieved 2019-02-15. Benjamin Banneker, laid out Washington
    • Drotning, Phillip T. (1969). Black Heroes in Our Nation's History: A Tribute to Those Who Helped Shape America. New York: Cowles Book Company, Inc. p. 35. LCCN 69017306. OCLC 558488211. Retrieved 2019-02-12 – via Google Books. Banneker and George Ellicott, a Quaker friend, selected the sites for the Capitol, the White House, and other major government buildings. The black surveyor also helped L'Enfant lay out the ingenious arrangement of broad avenues, mall, circles, and parks that make Washington such an attractive city even today. When a dispute arose between George Washington and L'Enfant in 1792, resulting in the French architect's dismissal ....
    • Seats, Peggy C. (2004-04-21). "Two Centuries Later: Rumors Continue to Abound Regarding Benjamin Banneker's Contributions in the Planning of WDC" (PDF). The Memorial: Benjamin Banneker White Paper. Washington Interdependence Council: Administrators of the Benjamin Banneker Memorial. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-15. Retrieved 2015-09-15. In an effort to cover up the role Banneker played as one of the Founding Architects of DC, it was George Washington who insisted, however, that the L’Enfant Plan was named for L’Enfant although, in actuality, it was produced by Ellicott and Banneker. This mandate was made by Washington, in addition to authorizing the raiding of Ellicott’s office for evidence of Banneker’s journals, and astronomical charting, including his prediction of an eclipse, as they were embarrassed by L’Enfant’s inability to technically execute a plan and had to save face. .... Benjamin Banneker played a critical role in not only helping to survey the nation’s capitol, but also in helping to determine astrological influences upon the capitol by virtue of the timing of certain dominating astronomical, astrological influences and strategic metaphysical influences as implemented in concert with the stars which directly impacted the selection for the placement of key buildings and grand boulevards such as 16th St., NW.
    • "His Story: A Man of Many Firsts". Washington Interdependence Council: Administrators of the Benjamin Banneker Memorial. 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-08-12. Retrieved 2012-06-29. Banneker was a member of the first presidential appointed team charged with the establishment of the nation's capitol. His astronomical calculations and implementations played a critical role is establishing points of astronomical significance in the nation's capitol, including the location of the 16th Street Meridian, Boundary Stones, White House, Capitol and Treasury Building. Banneker worked as Assistant to Major Andrew Ellicott, America's Geographer General, thereby serving as a critical member of the team of the first presidential commission. In this capacity, he provided the astronomical calculations for the project, and assisted in the reconstruction of the plans for laying out the streets of the nation's capitol. He and Major Ellicott both surveyed the area of, and configured the final layout for, the placement of major governmental buildings, boulevards and avenues as drawn for the map for the nation's capitol, producing the finished document commonly deferred to as the L'Enfant Plan.
    • Diversity Development (2004). "Benjamin Banneker" (PDF). Publication 354: African Americans on Stamps: A Celebration of African-American Heritage. United States Postal Service. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2015-03-14. A self-taught mathematician and astronomer, Benjamin Banneker was probably the most accomplished African American of America’s colonial period. .... In 1791 he helped design and survey the city of Washington, D.C.
    • "Early Pioneers". Arago: People, Postage & The Post (Exhibits). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Archived from the original on 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2018-01-08. A self-taught mathematician and astronomer, Benjamin Banneker was probably the most accomplished African American of America’s colonial period. .... In 1791 he helped design and survey the city of Washington, D.C.
    • "1980 Black Heritage Series: Benjamin Banneker Issue". Arago: People, Postage & The Post (Philately). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Archived from the original on 2015-12-23. Retrieved 2018-01-08. As a member of the surveying team that laid out the plans for the new capitol, Washington, D.C., Banneker stepped up as chief architect when Pierre L'Enfant was fired. The first architect had taken the plans with him when he left so Banneker had to recreate the plans for the city from memory.
    • Editors of Time Magazine (2004-12-28). Time Almanac 2005. Time Almanac with Information Please. Time Home Entertainment, Inc. p. 204. ISBN 1932273352. OCLC 57219160. Retrieved 2018-12-13 – via Google Books. The city was planned and partly laid out by Maj. Pierre Charles L’Enfant, a French engineer. That work was perfected and completed by Maj. Andrew Ellicott and Benjamin Banneker, a freeborn black man, who was an astronomer and mathematician.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) Archived 2018-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
    • Sheet, Dutch; Pierce, Chuck D (2005). Brief History of Washington, D.C. Releasing The Prophetic Destiny Of A Nation: Discovering How Your Future Can Be Greater Than Your Past. Shippensburg, Pennsylvania: Destiny Image Publishers, Inc. p. 169. ISBN 0768422841. OCLC 60768598. Retrieved 2018-12-14 – via Google Books. The city was planned and partly laid out by [Major] Pierre Charles L’Enfant, a French engineer. That work was perfected and completed by [Major] Andrew Ellicott and Benjamin Banneker, a freeborn black man, who was an astronomer and mathematician. Archived 2017-06-12 at the Wayback Machine
    • Oliver, Elizabeth M. (1978-12-09). "Ossie Davis Stars as Benjamin Banneker". Baltimore Afro-American. Baltimore, Maryland. p. 36. Retrieved 2019-02-15 – via Google News. Before his death in 1806, Banneker had gained fame in America, France and England as a scientist, astronomer inventor of the first clock and the mathematician who laid out Washington, D.C. .... Suddenly, Major L'Enfant, chairman of the D.C. committee went back to France with the plans. But Banneker, who had an unbelievable memory reproduced the plans and the Capital was completed.
    • "Benjamin Banneker". Student Encyclopedia. Encyclopædia Britannica: Compton's by Britannica. Britannica Online for Kids. Retrieved 2014-03-04. A story about Benjamin Banneker—African-American mathematician, astronomer, and inventor—suggests to what degree he had trained his memory. Appointed to the District of Columbia Commission by President George Washington in 1790, he worked with Pierre L'Enfant, Andrew Ellicott, and others to plan the new capital of Washington, D.C. After L'Enfant was dismissed from the project and took his detailed maps away with him, Banneker was able to reproduce them from memory. Archived 2017-07-21 at the Wayback Machine
    • "BENJAMIN BANNEKER (1731–1806)". Source: Empak "Black History" Publication Series (1985). "ChickenBones: A Journal for Literary & Artistic African-American Themes. 2007-10-18. Archived from the original on 2012-08-26. Retrieved 2012-06-29. Banneker helped in selecting the sites for the U.S. Capitol building, the U.S. Treasury building, the White House and other Federal buildings. When the chairman of the civil engineering team, Major L'Enfant, abruptly resigned and returned to France with the plans, Banneker's photographic memory enabled him to reproduce them in their entirety. Washington, D.C., with its grand avenues and buildings, was completed and stands today as a monument to Banneker's genius.
    • "Who was Benjamin Banneker?". Washington, D.C.: Benjamin Banneker Academic High School. 2009. Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. Retrieved 2012-06-29. Banneker helped in selecting the sites for the U.S. Capitol building, the U.S. Treasury building, the White House and other Federal buildings. When the chairman of the civil engineering team, Major L'Enfant, abruptly resigned and returned to France with the plans, Banneker's photographic memory enabled him to reproduce them in their entirety. Washington, DC, with its grand avenues and buildings, was completed and stands today as a monument to Banneker's genius.
    • Newbold, Ken (2004-05-17). "Benjamin Banneker: A Brief Biography". Harrisonburg, Virginia: The James Madison Center, James Madison University. Archived from the original on 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2011-12-25. In 1791, Major Andrew Ellicott asked Banneker to help him survey the "Federal Territory", which would become the nation's Capital. Working alongside, Pierre L'Enfant, Banneker became an expert on the plans for the city. L'Enfant was dismissed because of his temper and took the plans for Washington with him. Banneker recreated the plans from memory, saving the government the time and money of having to design the city.
    • "Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806)". Upton, New York: Brookhaven Employees' Recreation Association, Brookhaven National Laboratory. Retrieved 2018-12-13. Without Benjamin Banneker, our nation's capital would not exist as we know it. After a year of work, the Frenchman hired by George Washington to design the capital, L'Enfant, stormed off the job, taking all the plans. Banneker, placed on the planning committee at Thomas Jefferson's request, saved the project by reproducing from memory, in two days, a complete layout of the streets, parks, and major buildings. Thus Washington, D.C. itself can be considered a monument to the genius of this great man. Archived 2018-10-17 at the Wayback Machine
    • "Benjamin Banneker". Historical Inventors. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Massachusetts Institute of Technology: School of Engineering: Lemelson-MIT Program. Archived from the original on 2015-09-06. Retrieved 2019-01-07. Banneker became one of three surveyors appointed by President George Washington. Architect Pierre L'Enfant had been assigned the job of planning the city, but he was later dismissed from the project. When he left, he took the plans with him. Banneker recreated the plans in two days, including a complete layout of the streets, parks, and major buildings. Thus, the city of Washington, D.C. itself is somewhat of a tribute to Banneker's memory.
    • Chamberlain, Gaius (2012-03-11). "Benjamin Banneker". "The Black Inventor Online Museum". Adscape International, LLC. Archived from the original on 2018-01-09. Retrieved 2012-06-29. Major Pierre L'Enfant from France was commissioned to develop the plans for the new city and at Jefferson's request, Banneker was included as one of the men appointed to assist him. Banneker consulted frequently with L'Enfant and studied his draft and plans for the Capitol City carefully. L'Enfant was subject to great criticism and hostility because he was a foreigner and abruptly resigned from the project and moved back to France. As the remaining members of the team gathered, they began debating as to how they should start from scratch. Banneker surprised them when he asserted that he could reproduce the plans from memory and in two days did exactly as he had promised. The plans he drew were the basis for the layout of streets, buildings and monuments that exist to this day in Washington D.C.
    • "Benjamin Banneker: 1731-1806". Harcourt Multimedia Biographies. Harcourt School Publishers. Archived from the original on 2016-02-03. Retrieved 2012-07-02. Major Pierre-Charles L'Enfant was asked to design the city. After a short time, L'Enfant was fired from the job and left town with the blueprints, or plan, of the city's layout. Luckily, Banneker had seen the plans and was able to redraw the layout of Washington, D.C., in two days. For this, Banneker won the admiration of the new American government.
    • Brown, Mitchell C. (2000). "Benjamin Banneker: Mathematician, Astronomer". The Faces of Science: African Americans in the Sciences. Princeton University. Archived from the original on 2000-08-18. Retrieved 2019-01-07. Banneker and Ellicott worked closely with Pierre L'Enfant who was the architect in charge of planning Washington D.C. L'Enfant was suddenly dismissed from project, due to his temper. When he left, he took the plans with him. Banneker recreated the plans from memory, saving the U.S. government the effort and expense of having someone else design the capital.
    • "Site Evaluation Study: Phase I: Data Gathering Report" (PDF). Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 2005-09-30. p. 31. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2017-11-05. Benjamin Banneker, an African American, worked with Major Andrew Ellicott to play a central role in Pierre L’Enfant’s original plan of the Nation’s Capital. ... Banneker and Ellicott worked closely with Pierre L’Enfant in the planning of Washington, D.C. When L’Enfant was dismissed from the project and took his plans with him, Banneker recreated the plans from memory.
    • "An Early American Hero: Benjamin Banneker". SuccessMaker Enterprise. Pearson Education, Inc. Archived from the original on 2010-07-16. Retrieved 2012-05-06. In 1792, when it seemed as if work on the United States of America's new capital city was about to come to a grinding halt, Benjamin Banneker came to the rescue. The French architect who had been in charge of planning the city, Pierre L'Enfant, was fired because of his hotheaded behavior. He immediately left the country and returned to France, taking with him all the plans for the city of Washington. President George Washington and Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson were distressed. Would they have to start all over, having a year's worth of work go to waste? Perhaps not. Noted surveyor Benjamin Banneker had been working closely with L'Enfant and Chief Surveyor Andrew Ellicott. Banneker thought he might be able to redraw all the plans—from memory! Two days later he delivered the plans, and construction proceeded without significant delay. Today the city of Washington, D.C., stands as a reminder of Banneker's genius.
    • "Benjamin Banneker The Man Who Designed Washington DC". African Globe. 2013-12-08. Retrieved 2018-12-13. Impressed by his abilities, Jefferson recommended Benjamin Banneker to be a part of a surveying team to lay out Washington, D.C. Appointed to the three-man team by president George Washington, Benjamin Banneker wound up saving the project when the lead architect quit in a fury – taking all the plans with him. Using his meticulous memory, Benjamin Banneker was able to recreate the plans. Archived 2018-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
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    • Lewis, Claude (1970). Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Saved Washington. New York: McGraw-Hill. pp. 82–95. LCCN 79092101. OCLC 72113. Retrieved 2015-04-24 – via Google Books. He probably does, Mr. Secretary. Benjamin Banneker has an incredible memory. I've known him for years and if he says that he remembers the plans, I believe he does. Archived 2018-03-12 at the Wayback Machine
    • Cohan-Lawson, Elizabeth (2014-01-31). "Benjamin Banneker—Abolitionist, Inventor, and Intellectual". I for Color: African American Voices in Art & History, created by Dale Ricardo Shields. p. 5. Archived from the original on 2014-11-03. Retrieved 2014-03-04. It appeared as though the plan would have to be scrapped, but Banneker, with his eidetic memory, spent the next two days recreating the entirety of the schematics, saving the entire project. Dubbed “The Man Who Saved Washington”, we owe the layout of our capital solely on Banneker’s memory and dedication to a project that was almost a complete failure.
    • Simons, Lisa M. B. (2018). Benjamin Banneker: Self-Educated Scientist. North Mankato, Minnesota: Capstone Press. p. 4. ISBN 9781543506570. LCCN 2017048016. OCLC 995303815. Retrieved 2018-12-13 – via Google Books. Saving the Nation's Capital: In 1789 the person hired to save our nation's capital quit. He took all the plans with him. Benjamin Banneker had seen the plans. He had an excellent memory. He recreated the plans in two days. Benjamin helped save the Washington, D.C., we know today. Archived 2018-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
    • Asante, Molefi Kete (2002). "Benjamin Banneker". 100 Greatest African Americans: A Biographical Encyclopedia. Amherst, New York: Prometheus Books. p. 49. ISBN 1-57392-963-8. LCCN 2002018993. OCLC 606853456. Retrieved 2018-12-12 – via Google Books. ... when President George Washington, in February 1791, commissioned Ellicott and the French engineer L'Enfant to help plan the construction of the nation's capital on an area of land twenty-five sq kilometer (10 sq mi) in Virginia and Maryland, Ellicott asked Banneker to assist him. Soon thereafter the Frenchman abandoned the project over a dispute with some Americans. L'Enfant refused to leave his plans with the surveying team, but because Banneker had placed close attention to the mathematical details, he was able to reproduce most of the plans and ideas from memory. For this reason, some refer to Washington, D.C., as Banneker's Town. Archived 2018-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
    • Potter, Joan (2014). Who Made the First Clock in the American Colonies and was the First African American To Publish an Almanac?. African American Firsts: Famous, Little-Known and Unsung Triumphs of Blacks in America. New York: Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corporation. p. 334. ISBN 9780758292421. LCCN 2013388865. OCLC 864822516. Retrieved 2018-12-14 – via Google Books. In 1791, George Washington appointed a French engineer, Pierre L'Enfant, to design a plan for the nation's capital, and Banneker was chosen as one of the surveyors. But L'Enfant suddenly returned to France, taking the plans with him. Banneker, working only from memory, quickly reconstructed the entire design. Archived 2018-12-14 at the Wayback Machine Archived 2018-12-14 at the Wayback Machine
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  54. ^ (1) "Original Plan of Washington, D.C." American Treasures of the Library of Congress: Imagination: Pierre Charles L'Enfant's 1791 "Plan of the city intended for the permanent seat of the government ....": Manuscript map on paper, 1791, Geography & Map Division. Library of Congress. 2010-07-29. Archived from the original on 2017-02-05. Retrieved 2017-03-05. Selected by Washington to prepare a ground plan for the new city, L'Enfant arrived in Georgetown on March 9, 1791, and submitted his report and plan to the president about August 26, 1791. It is believed that this plan is the one that is preserved in the Library of Congress.
    After showing L'Enfant's manuscript to Congress, the president retained custody of the original drawing until December 1796, when he transferred it to the City Commissioners of Washington, D.C. One hundred and twenty-two years later, on November 11, 1918, the map was presented to the Library of Congress for safekeeping.

    Note: The plan that this web page describes identifies the plan's author as "Peter Charles L'Enfant". The web page nevertheless identifies the author as "Pierre-Charles L'Enfant."
    (2) L'Enfant, Peter Charles; Library of Congress (1991). "Plan of the city intended for the permanent seat of the government of t[he] United States: projected agreeable to the direction of the President of the United States, in pursuance of an act of Congress, passed on the sixteenth day of July, MDCCXC, "establishing the permanent seat on the bank of the Potowmac"". Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. LCCN 91684074. Archived from the original on 2017-03-06. Retrieved 2017-03-05. Full-color facsimile of Peter Charles L'Enfant's 1791 manuscript plan for the City of Washington. In: Repository of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, Washington, D.C.
    (3) L'Enfant, Peter Charles; Library of Congress (1991). "Plan of the city intended for the permanent seat of the government of t[he] United States: projected agreeable to the direction of the President of the United States, in pursuance of an act of Congress, passed on the sixteenth day of July, MDCCXC, "establishing the permanent seat on the bank of the Potowmac"". Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress. LCCN 97683585. Archived from the original on 2017-03-06. Retrieved 2017-03-05. Computer-assisted reproduction of Peter Charles L'Enfant's 1791 manuscript plan for the city of Washington, produced by the U.S. Geological Survey for the Library of Congress. In: Repository of the Library of Congress Geography and Map Division, Washington, D.C.
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  57. ^ Gaines, Patrice (1997-11-15). "After Reversal of Decline, Banneker Park Rededicated". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2016-11-18. Retrieved 2017-11-12. The park, originally dedicated in 1971, was named for the man described in speeches yesterday as "the first African American man of science and surveyor of the original City of Washington."
  58. ^ Kiplinger, Austin H.; Washington, Walter E. (2000-05-07). "A Museum to Call Our Own". Close to Home. Washington, D.C.: The Washington Post. p. B.8. Retrieved 2011-03-23.
  59. ^ Berne, Bernard H. (2000-05-20). "District History Lesson". Letters to the Editor. Washington, D.C.: The Washington Post. p. A.22. Retrieved 2011-03-23. Austin H. Kiplinger and Walter E. Washington write that a proposed city museum at Mount Vernon Square will remind visitors that "George Washington engaged Pierre L' Enfant to map the city and about how Benjamin Banneker [helped] complete the project" [Close to Home, May 7]. Let's hope not.
    Benjamin Banneker performed astronomical observations in 1791 when assisting Maj. Andrew Ellicott in a survey of the federal District's boundaries. He departed three months after the survey began, more than a year before its completion.
    Meanwhile, a "Plan for the City of Washington" was drawn by one "Peter Charles L'Enfant" (sic). When George Washington chose to dismiss L'Enfant, it was Ellicott who revised L'Enfant's plan and completed the city's mapping. Banneker played no part in this.
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  61. ^ Franklin, John Hope; Moss, Alfred A., Jr. (2000). From Slavery to Freedom: A History of African Americans (Eighth ed.). New York: Alfred A. Knopf. pp. 109, 110. ISBN 0-375-40671-9. LCCN 2005299886. OCLC 43843074. Retrieved 2017-09-12 – via Google Books. The most distinguished honor that Banneker received was his appointment to serve with the commission to define the boundary lines and lay out the streets of the District of Columbia.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)
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  71. ^ Leach, Sara Amy; Barthold, Elizabeth, HABS/HAER, NPS (1994-07-20). "L' Enfant Plan of the City of Washington, District of Columbia" (PDF). United States Department of the Interior: National Park Service: National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Section 8, p. 7. National Park Service. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-11-05. Retrieved 2017-11-05. Forty boundary stones, laid at one-mile intervals, established the boundaries based on celestial calculations by Banneker, a self-taught astronomer of African descent and one of few free blacks living in the vicinity. Within this 100-square-mile diamond, which would become the District of Columbia, a smaller area was laid out as the City of Washington.
  72. ^ "Site Evaluation Study: Phase I: Data Gathering Report" (PDF). Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. 2005-09-30. p. 31. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-09-23. Retrieved 2017-11-05. He (Banneker) was a self-taught mathematician and astronomer, and one of the few free blacks living in the vicinity. Banneker assisted Major Ellicott in laying out forty boundary stones, at one-mile intervals, based on celestial calculations, to establish the boundaries of the District of Columbia.
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  74. ^ Carr, Penny (2012-11-10). "DAR, Scouts Protect Historic Boundary Stone". Falls Church Times: Falls Church City's Online Community Newspaper. Archived from the original on 2012-11-27. In its path through the Washington D.C. Metro area, the derecho dropped massive limbs, power lines and trees on houses and streets. It also dropped a massive limb on the Westernmost Boundary Marker of the original D.C. boundary – the “Ellicott Stone.” This stone was put in place by Mr. Andres Ellicott and Mr. Benjamin Banneker in 1791. Today it sits on the boundary line of Falls Church City, Fairfax County, and Arlington County.
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  78. ^ "Boundary Stones of the District of Columbia". boundarystones.org. Archived from the original on 2015-06-30. Retrieved 2016-04-03. Ellicott, a prominent professional surveyor, hired Benjamin Banneker, an astronomer and mathematician from Maryland, to make the astronomical observations and calculations necessary to establish the south corner of the square at Jones Point in Alexandria. According to legend, "Banneker fixed the position of the first stone by lying on his back to find the exact starting point for the survey ... and plotting six stars as they crossed his spot at a particular time of night." On April 15, 1791, the Alexandria Masonic Lodge placed a small stone at the south corner at Jones Point in ceremonies attended by Ellicott, federal district commissioners Daniel Carroll and David Stuart, and other dignitaries. .... Ellicott's team, minus Banneker, who left after the placement of the south stone, then began the formal survey by clearing twenty feet of land on both sides of each boundary and placing other stones, made of Aquia Creek sandstone, at one-mile intervals.
  79. ^ RossEmery (2015-06-01). "Comment". Stones laid by Benjamin Banneker in the 1790s are still standing. The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2015-08-02. Retrieved 2016-04-01. "Stones laid by Benjamin Banneker in the 1790s are still standing" Actually: Ellicott, a prominent professional surveyor, hired Benjamin Banneker, an astronomer and mathematician from Maryland, to make the astronomical observations and calculations necessary to establish the south corner of the square at Jones Point in Alexandria. According to legend, "Banneker fixed the position of the first stone by lying on his back to find the exact starting point for the survey ... and plotting six stars as they crossed his spot at a particular time of night." From there, Ellicott's team (minus Banneker, who worked only on the south corner) embarked on a forty mile journey, surveying ten-mile lines first to the northwest, then the northeast, next southeast, and finally southwest back toward the starting point, clearing twenty feet of land on each side of the boundary. http://www.boundarystones.org
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  82. ^ Liebertz, John (2016). Boundary Markers of the District of Columbia: Benjamin Banneker (PDF). A Guide to the African American Heritage of Arlington County (2nd ed.). Historic Preservation Program: Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development, Government of Arlington County, Virginia. p. 1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-10-07. Retrieved 2016-10-07. A free, self-taught African American astronomer and mathematician, Benjamin Banneker assisted Andrew Ellicott on the original survey of the District of Columbia from February to April 1791. Ellicott retained Banneker to make astronomical observations and calculations to establish the location of the south cornerstone of the 10-mile square. On April 15, 1791, officials dedicated the first boundary stone based on Banneker’s calculations.
  83. ^ Washington, George. John C. Fitzpatrick, ed. Proclamation: Georgetown, March 30, 1791. The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources: 1745-1799. 31: January 22, 1790—March 9, 1792. Washington: United States Government Printing Office (August, 1939). Retrieved 2016-10-07 – via Google Books. Now therefore for the purposes of amending and completing the location of the whole of the said territory of the ten miles square in conformity with the said amendatory act of Congress, I do hereby declare and make known that the whole of said territory shall be located and included within the four lines following, that is to say: Beginning at Jones's point, the upper cape of Hunting Creek in Virginia, and at an angle in the outset of 45 degrees west of the north: ....
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  85. ^ "Most widely held works by Lydia Maria Child". Child, Lydia Maria 1802-1880. WorldCat. Retrieved 2018-05-28. Published in 1865 and edited by abolitionist L. Maria Child, The Freedmens Book was intended to be used to teach recently freed African Americans to read and to provide them with inspiration. Thirsting for education, Freedmen were eagerly enrolling in any schools that would accept them. Child saw a need for texts and provided one of collected stories and poems written by former slaves and noted abolitionists, herself included. Archived 2018-05-29 at the Wayback Machine
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  89. ^ Note: Phillp Lee Phillips (1857-1924) was the first Superintendent of Maps for the Library of Congress, where he devoted over thirty years to the development of the Library’s map and atlas collection. See:
    (1) "Philip Lee Phillips Society Programs and Activities" (PDF). Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress Geography and Map Division. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-09-09. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
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  90. ^ Phillips, p. 120
  91. ^ "Howard U Gets Memorial to Benjamin Banneker" (PDF). Chicago, Illinois: The Chicago Defender (National edition). ProQuest Historical Newspapers. 1929-02-16. p. A1. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-11-09. Retrieved 2017-11-09 – via The Pearl of Omega. It was also noted that Banneker made the first clock used in America which was constructed of all American materials.
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  94. ^ a b "Image and United States Postal Service description of Benjamin Banneker postage stamp". Archived from the original on 2015-08-18. The U.S. Postal Service issued a stamp in 1980 with this description: "Benjamin Banneker first achieved national recognition for his scientific work in the 1791 survey of the Federal Territory ... In 1773, he built the first watch made in America ..." In Glawe, Eddie (2014-02-13). "Feature: Benjamin Banneker". Professional Surveyor Magazine. Flatdog Media, Inc. 39 (6). Retrieved 2018-02-18 – via xyHt. Archived 2017-01-30 at the Wayback Machine
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  96. ^ a b "Early Pioneers". Arago: People, Postage & The Post (Exhibits). Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian National Postal Museum. Archived from the original on 2018-01-08. Retrieved 2018-01-08. A self-taught mathematician and astronomer, Benjamin Banneker was probably the most accomplished African American of America’s colonial period. In 1753, he constructed the first wooden striking clock made in America. His studies and calculations in astronomy allowed him to successfully predict a solar eclipse in 1789 and to publish farmer’s almanacs in the 1790s. In 1791 he helped design and survey the city of Washington, D.C.
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    Had the author consulted "The Life of Benjamin Banneker" by Silvio Bedini, considered the definitive biography, he would have discovered no evidence or these claims. Jefferson appointed Andrew Ellicott to conduct the survey; Ellicott made Banneker his assistant for three months in 1791. Benjamin Rush authored the Department of Peace proposal; the confusion arose among earlier biographers because the proposal appeared in Banneker's 1793 almanac
  101. ^ (1) Potter, Joan; Claytor, Constance (1994). Who Made the First Clock in the American Colonies and was the First African-American To Publish an Almanac?. African-American Firsts: Famous, Little-Known and Unsung Triumphs of Blacks in America. Elizabethtown, New York: Pinto Press. p. 232. ISBN 0963247611. LCCN 93084716. OCLC 654686287 – via Internet Archive. At the age of twenty-three, assisted only by a picture of a clock, an English journal, and a geometry book, he (Banneker) designed and built the first clock in the colonies. Archived 2018-12-14 at the Wayback Machine
    (2) Potter, Joan (2014). Who Made the First Clock in the American Colonies and was the First African American To Publish an Almanac?. African American Firsts: Famous, Little-Known and Unsung Triumphs of Blacks in America. New York: Dafina Books, Kensington Publishing Corporation. p. 334. ISBN 9780758292421. LCCN 2013388865. OCLC 864822516. Retrieved 2018-12-14 – via Google Books. At the age of twenty-two, using a pocket watch as a guide, he (Banneker) designed and built the first clock in the colonies. Archived 2018-12-14 at the Wayback Machine
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  103. ^ (1) Latrobe, p. 7.
    (2) Tyson, p. 5. Archived 2016-03-26 at the Wayback Machine
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    (4) Bedini, 1999, pp. 42-44.
    (5) Hurry, Robert J. (2007). Hockey, Thomas, ed. Banneker, Benjamin. Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers. New York: Springer. pp. 91–92. ISBN 9780387310220. OCLC 65764986. Archived from the original on 2015-06-07. Retrieved 2015-01-24 – via Google Books.
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  104. ^ a b (1) Bedini, 1971, p. 45(a). "Completed in 1753, Bannekers' clock continued to operate until his death, more than 50 years later."
    (2) Bedini, 1971, p. 45(b) and (c): "A number of watch- and clockmakers were already established in Maryland prior to the time that Banneker made his clock. In Annapolis alone there were at least four such craftsmen prior to 1750."
  105. ^ Tyson, pp. 5, 9-10, 14.
  106. ^ a b c d Uselding, Paul (2003). "Clock and Watch Industry". Dictionary of American History. The Gale Group Inc. Archived from the original on 2016-05-13. Retrieved 2017-05-31 – via Encyclopedia.com. The first clockmaker of record in America was Thomas Nash, an early settler of New Haven in 1638. Throughout the seventeenth century, eight-day striking clocks with brass movements, similar to those made in England, were produced by craft methods in several towns and villages in Connecticut. The wooden clock was not made in America until the eighteenth century, although it was known to exist in Europe in the seventeenth century, probably originating in Germany or Holland. By 1745 Benjamin Cheney of East Hartford was producing wooden clocks, and there is some evidence that these clocks were being made as early as 1715 near New Haven.
  107. ^ Safford, Frances Gruber; Heckscher, Morrison H.; Rogers, Mary-Alice; Metropolitan Museum of Art (1985). 187. Tall Clock: Boston, 1725-1740: Movement by Benjamin Bagnall (1689-1773). American furniture in the Metropolitan Museum of Art: 1, Late Colonial Period: The Queen Anne and Chippendale Styles. The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Random House. pp. 290–291. ISBN 9780300116472. OCLC 11971332. Archived from the original on 2016-02-03 – via Google Books. The movement is an eight-day rack and snail striking clock with anchor-recoil escapement.
  108. ^ (1) "Benjamin Bagnall, Sr., Boston, Massachusetts, 1730-1745: Tall case clock". Guide To The Collection. Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2019-01-02 – via issuu. This eight-day striking clock closely follows English design ... Archived 2019-01-02 at the Wayback Machine
    (2) "Tall Case Clock". Collections. Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art. Retrieved 2019-01-02. MAKER: Benjamin Bagnall Sr. (British, active in Boston, Massachusetts, America, 1689 - 1773): DATE: 1730–1745: MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE: Walnut, maple, beech, cedar, brass, glass, and paint .... This tall case clock is among the very first of its type made entirely in America and one of only four existing examples by clockmaker Benjamin Bagnall. Rather than fit British works into a colonial cabinet, which was typical considering the cost and complexity of the mechanical components, Bagnall created the works himself with parts acquired from fellow Bostonians. He then installed them in an elegant walnut cabinet created by a local cabinetmaker.
  109. ^ a b Bedini, 1964: Instruments of Wood: The Use of Wood, pp. 66-69. Archived 2015-04-08 at the Wayback Machine "Wooden clocks were made as early as the 17th century in Germany and Holland, and they were known in England in the early 18th century. In the Colonies the wooden clock was first produced in Connecticut, and the earliest type was associated with Hartford County. ...."
  110. ^ (1) Federal Writers Project of the Works Progress Administration for the State of Connecticut (1938). Industry and Commerce. Connecticut: A Guide to Its Roads, Lore and People. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. p. 59. OCLC 905140234. Archived from the original on 2016-02-03 – via Google Books. Benjamin Cheney produced wooden clocks about 1745, in a small back-yard shop at East Hartford.
    (2) Zea, Phillip M. (1986). "Timekeeping: The Lifestyle of Accuracy--An Interpretive Essay for the J. Cheney Wells Collection of New England Clocks at Old Sturbridge Village". Sturbridge, Massachusetts: Old Sturbridge Village. Archived from the original on 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2015-04-09. In inland New England, the demand to know the time also increased, and clockmakers devised ways to lower the cost of expensive-looking clocks in order to make them available to more households. Following the lead of Seth Youngs in Hartford, Benjamin Cheney, Jr. (1725-1815) and his brother, Timothy (1731-1795), of East Hartford began offering their customers options in timekeeping. About 1750, they started making clocks, with striking trains, that were largely constructed of oak, cherry, and maple and ran for thirty hours.
    (3) Image and description of wooden movement of clock constructed by Benjamin Cheney around 1760 on exhibit in 2015 in Clock Gallery of Old Sturbridge Village: "Image Number: 17680". Archived from the original on 2016-02-01. Retrieved 2017-01-26. In "Collection No.57.1.117: Tall Case Clock by Benjamin Cheney, Hartford, Connecticut, c. 1760". Sturbridge, Massachusetts: Old Sturbridge Village. Archived from the original on 2016-04-02. Retrieved 2015-04-10. Description: This movement for a tall case clock was made by Benjamin Cheney in Hartford, Connecticut. The wooden, weight-powered, thirty-hour movement with count wheel strike has a recoil escapement. The dial plate is a thin brass sheet with cast brass spandrels, silvered brass chapter ring, second's bit, calendar ring and name boss all attached to a pine board. "Benjamin Cheney" is engraved on the name boss. ... Materials: Works: chestnut plates, cherry wheels; maple arbors and pinions; brass. Case: Primary wood is walnut; secondary wood: white pine.
    (4) Zea, Philip. "Diversity and Regionalism in Rural New England". Chipstone Foundation. Archived from the original on 2015-04-09. Retrieved 2015-04-09. Benjamin Cheney, Jr. (1725–1815) and Timothy Cheney (1731–1795) began making clocks in East Hartford, Connecticut, about 1750. ... Perhaps because their father was a joiner, they developed the concept of offering options in clocks to expand their clientele: thirty-hour wooden movements as well as more expensive, eight-day, brass clocks. .... Two centuries later, these clocks are usually rejected by collectors on the basis of quality, although the ingenious wooden mechanism and the marketing concept behind it were among the more sophisticated ideas afoot in the marketplace of eighteenth-century New England.
  111. ^ Child, p. 17. "When he was fifty-nine years old, he made an Almanac. ... This was the first Almanac ever made in this country".
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    (5) "Benjamin Banneker". The Initiated Eye: Freemasonry and the Architecture of Washington, D.C. (exhibition). Lexington, Massachusetts: National Heritage Museum. 2009-12-17. Archived from the original on 2010-02-26. Retrieved 2016-10-22. The Initiated Eye" presents 21 oil paintings by Peter Waddell based on the architecture of Washington, D.C., and the role that our founding fathers and prominent citizens – many of whom were Freemasons – played in establishing the layout and design of the city. .... The painting shown here depicts a meeting between President George Washington (1732-1799) and surveyors Andrew Ellicott (1754-1820) and Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806). Congress designated the location of the new capital on January 24, 1791. Elliott and Banneker surveyed the ten-mile-square tract of land and produced a base map of the area. .... The Initiated Eye" opens December 19, 2009 and will be on view through January 9, 2011.
    (6) "A Vision Unfolds". The Initiated Eye: Panel 1. Washington, D.C.: The Grand Lodge of Free And Accepted Masons of the District of Columbia. 2013. Archived from the original on 2016-10-23. Retrieved 2016-12-02. A Vision Unfolds - Congress designated the location of the new Capitol on January 24, 1791. It was a ten-mile square parcel of land along the Potomac and Eastern Branch Rivers. Andrew Ellicott and Benjamin Banneker surveyed the tract of land and produced the base map. Banneker, a self taught African American surveyor and astronomer, plotted the locations of the forty boundary stones one mile apart along the entire perimeter. Note: Panel 1 contains a high-resolution image of A Vision Unfolds.
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  164. ^ (1) Bedini, 1971, p. 45. "Completed in 1753, Bannekers' clock continued to operate until his death, more than 50 years later."
    (2) Hartshorne, Henry, ed. (1884-06-21). "Book Notice: Banneker, the Afric-American Astronomer. From the posthumous papers of M.E. Tyson. Edited by Her Daughter. Phila. 1020 Arch Street. 1884". Friends Review: A Religious, Literary and Miscellaneous Journal. 1316 Filbert Street, Philadelphia: Franklin E. Paige. 37 (46): 729. Archived from the original on 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2017-01-16 – via Google Books. Showing his inventive facility while quite a youth by making a good wooden clock without ever seeing a clock, being only guided by examining a borrowed watch, he (Banneker) ....
  165. ^ Note: In 1999, one of Banneker's biographers, who had earlier written that Banneker had constructed his clock based on drawings that he had made from a watch that he had acquired from a trader (Bedini, 1964, p. 22), wrote that Banneker had constructed his clock from memory (Bedini, 1999, p. 42). The biographer did not identify a source for this statement. In 2008, when again describing Banneker's clock, this biographer wrote: "It is said that it was based on his recollections of the mechanism of a pocket watch." (Bedini, 2008 Archived 2016-02-03 at the Wayback Machine).
  166. ^ Note: The National Museum of American History of the Smithsonian Institution holds in its collections a striking wooden clock that Benjamin Cheney constructed in Connecticut around 1760 (Bedini,1999, p. 45 Archived 2016-12-24 at the Wayback Machine). The historical marker in Benjamin Banneker Park contains a photograph of a wooden clock that is identical to the photograph of Cheney's clock that Bedini, 1999, illustrates on page 45.
  167. ^ Text of historic marker entitled “1800–1860 – Benjamin Banneker” on outdoor overlook of Pennsylvania Avenue on Level 6 of Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Text of marker recorded on 2008-04-11.
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  169. ^ (1) Bedini, 1999, p. 319.
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    (4) "Benjamin Banneker commemorative U.S. postage stamp (stamp artist: Jerry Pinkney) postmarked on February 15, 1980, in Annapolis, Maryland, on first day of issue cover by Colorano Silk Cachets with portraits of Banneker and surveying instrument". The Ebony Society of Philatelic Events and Reflections (ESPER). Archived from the original on 2011-07-25. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
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    The facts and prior proceedings in this case are set forth at length in our earlier opinion, Podberesky v. Kirwan, 956 F.2d 52 (4th Cir.1992) (Podberesky I). In sum, Daniel Podberesky challenges the University of Maryland's Banneker scholarship program, which is a merit-based program for which only African-American students are eligible. The University maintains a separate merit-based scholarship program, the Francis Scott Key program, which is not restricted to African-American students. Podberesky is Hispanic; he was therefore ineligible for consideration under the Banneker Program, although he met the academic and all other requirements for consideration. Podberesky was ineligible for consideration under the Key program because his academic credentials fell just shy of its more rigorous standards. ....
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    To aid in the professional development of its members.
    To provide an outlet for minority technical professionals to broaden its network.
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    Banneker Room
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