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Celebrating Black History Month: Benjamin Banneker

We conclude our celebration of Black History Month by commemorating the achievements of Benjamin Banneker.

  • Inventor and Engineer
    • Benjamin Banneker invented many things including the first clock.
  • Scientist and Naturalist
    • He used his agricultural knowledge to develop techniques to improve crop production.
  • Astronomer and Mathematician
    • He accurately predicted lunar and solar events such as the 1789 solar eclipse.

Activities for Children of All Ages

We recommend reading Tick Tock Banneker’s Clock. This children’s book tells the extraordinary story of Benjamin Banneker. Inspired by a pocket watch, Benjamin built the first strike clock in America. Your family will enjoy this moving story of a man admired for his work in science, mathematics, and astronomy.


Watch this wonderful video from TedEd to learn more about Benjamin Banneker. Your child will be impressed with amazing accomplishments of Benjamin Banneker.

The exceptional life of Benjamin Banneker

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