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Catonsville in Baltimore County, Maryland — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
Benjamin Banneker
(1731–1806)
 
Benjamin Banneker Marker Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, August 19, 2007
1. Benjamin Banneker Marker
 
Inscription. The self-educated Negro mathematician and astronomer was born, lived his entire life and died near here. He assisted in surveying the District of Columbia, 1791, and published the first Maryland Almanac, 1792. Thomas Jefferson recognized his achievements.
 
Erected by Maryland Historical Society.
 
Location. 39° 16.168′ N, 76° 46.499′ W. Marker is in Catonsville, Maryland, in Baltimore County. Marker can be reached from Oella Road. Click for map. Marker is on grounds of Benjamin Banneker Historical Park approximately 1 mile north of Frederick Road (Md 144). Marker is in this post office area: Catonsville MD 21228, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Robert Bannaky (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Benjamin Banneker (approx. 0.4 miles away); The George Ellicott House (approx. one mile away); Oella (approx. one mile away); Ellicott’s Mills (approx. one mile away); Road Versus Rails (approx. 1.1 miles away); B&O Railroad Station (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Phoenix Emporium (approx. 1.1 miles away).
 
More about this marker. This marker has had a difficult history, due, it seems, to vandals, perhaps motivated by racism. A marker was erected by the State Roads Commission on the west side of Westchester Avenue, one block south of Oella Avenue, in 1954. It read as follows:

Benjamin Banneker
1731-1806
Self-educated Negro
mathematician-astronomer

He made the first Maryland Almanac in 1792. Assisted in survey of District of Columbia. His achievements recognized by Thomas Jefferson.

Was born, lived his entire life and died near here.

According to the Baltimore Evening Sun, November 9, 1981, "Within a short time this first marker was destroyed by vandals. It was replaced in 1968, but a year later the second marker was destroyed. A third marker was erected in 1969, but that marker was also destroyed. Today the location of Banneker's farm is marked only by the stubby pole that once held this final plaque."
 
Benjamin Banneker Marker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 15, 2012
2. Benjamin Banneker Marker
The Museum is seen in the background.
 

 
Also see . . .  Life of Benjamin Banneker. (Submitted on August 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.)
 
Benjamin Banneker Museum Photo, Click for full size
By William Pfingsten, 08-19-2007
3. Benjamin Banneker Museum
Museum is located in the park.
 
 
Benjamin Banneker Museum Display Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 15, 2012
4. Benjamin Banneker Museum Display
 
 
Desk Used by Benjamin Banneker Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 15, 2012
5. Desk Used by Benjamin Banneker
 
 
Benjamin Banneker Cabin Photo, Click for full size
By Syd Whittle, May 15, 2012
6. Benjamin Banneker Cabin
Banneker's cabin was destroyed by fire on the day of his funeral. This replica is located on the park grounds behind the museum.
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on August 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland. This page has been viewed 3,447 times since then. Last updated on February 15, 2008, by Christopher Busta-Peck of Shaker Heights, Ohio. Photos:   1. submitted on August 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   2. submitted on May 15, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.   3. submitted on August 19, 2007, by Bill Pfingsten of Bel Air, Maryland.   4, 5, 6. submitted on May 15, 2012, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
 
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