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Lucas McNulty

on 21 February 2014

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Other african american inventors
Cell phone-Henry T. Sampson
Door knob-O. Dorsey
Eye protector-P. Johnson
Fountain pen-W. B. Purvis
and my second favorite:
Ice cream scooper -A. L. Cralle
Benjamin Banneker
Fantastic Inventions
Benjamin created two marvelous inventions; the wooden clock that strikes every hour, and the almanac. Although the wooden clock was extraordinary, the almanac was the greatest invention of the time period. It allowed people everywhere to see the weather for the days to come. It also had much more information.
In conclusion, Ben Banneker, to me, was the best african american inventor of all time. Before this project I assumed the almanac was invented by a rich white guy, but that is not true. Although many african americans did not get the greatest education, that didn't stop them from making great inventions.
Benjamin Banneker was an african american born on November 9, 1731 in Maryland. Benjamin was born into slavery as a child. He didn't have any official education. Benjamin had a mother named Mary and a Father named Robert. Later, his parents were freed, making him a free man too. With many ideas, Banneker started right away.

Benjamin was taught to read by his white grandmother, Molly. Later in life he attended a small Quaker school for a short time, but mostly Banneker was self educated. In his early twenties Ben built an extraordinary wooden clock. In 1791 Ben and Major Andrew Ellicott teamed up. Together, they mapped out the new national capitol. Banneker once said, "The color of the skin is in no way connected with strength of the mind or intellectual powers." I really like that quote because he is saying, the color of my skin does not make me stupid man.

By Lucas McNulty
Death and Marriage
Benjamin was never married. His last almanac was published in 1797. He sold a lot of his farm to the Elicotts and others, and later he died in his cabin 9 years later. He died on October 9, 1806, at 74 years old. Many people were very devastated about his death.
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