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Benjamin Banneker

Creator: Office for Emergency Management. Office of War Information. Domestic Operations Branch. News Bureau. (06/13/1942 - 09/15/1945) ( Most Recent)

Type of Archival Materials: Photographs and other Graphic Materials Level of Description: Item from Record Group 208: Records of the Office of War Information, 1926 - 1951.
Location: Still Picture Records LICON, Special Media Archives Services Division (NWCS-S), National Archives at College Park, 8601 Adelphi Road, College Park, MD 20740-6001 PHONE: 301-837-3530, FAX: 301-837-3621, EMAIL:

Production Date: 1943. Part of: Series: Artworks and Mockups for Cartoons Promoting the War Effort and Original Sketches by Charles Alston, ca. 1942 - ca. 1945
Scope & Content Note: Benjamin Banneker - with biographical paragraphs.

Access Restrictions: Unrestricted. Use Restrictions: Unrestricted.

Specific Records Type: cartoons (humorous images) Variant Control Number(s): NAIL Control Number: NWDNS-208-COM-82

Copy 1 Copy Status: Preservation. Storage Facility: National Archives at College Park - Archives II (College Park, MD) Media, Media Type: Artwork. Index Terms, Subjects Represented in the Archival Material. African Americans, Arts, World War, 1939-1945

Contributors to Authorship and/or Production of the Archival Materials, Alston, Charles Henry, 1907-1977, Artist

Molly Walsh emigrated from England to the colony Maryland as an indentured slave in bondage for seven years. When her servitude ended, Molly purchased a farm along the Patapsco River near Baltimore. and two slaves. In time she set the slaves free and married one of them, a man named Bannaky (changed from Banna Ka). They had several children, one a daughter named Mary. Mary Bannaky grew up, purchased a slave, Robert, whom she later married and lived on the family farm. On Nov. 9, 1731, a son, Benjamin, was born to Robert and Mary Bannaky. - BENJAMIN BANNEKER 1731-1806 - Mathematicians of the African Diaspora:

Benjamin Banneker From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Benjamin Banneker, originally Banna Ka, or Bannakay (November 9, 1731–October 9, 1806) was a free African American mathematician, astronomer, clockmaker, and publisher.

Banneker's mother was Mary Bannaky (1710–?). Oral tradition states that her mother was a European American named Molly Walsh, who was supposedly accused of stealing a pail of milk and sent from England to the colonies as punishment. The story goes that Molly became the owner of a farm and married one of her slaves named Bannakay, whom she freed. They had four girls and Mary was the oldest.

Benjamin's father, Robert Banna Ka, was a former slave who had built a series of dams and watercourses that successfully irrigated the family farm at Ellicott's Mills, where Benjamin lived most of his life. Benjamin was taught to read and do simple arithmetic by his grandmother and by a Quaker schoolmaster, who changed his name to Banneker. Once he was old enough to help on his parents' farm, his formal education ended.

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