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BENJAMIN BANNEKER 2Benjamin Banneker is considered as one of the earliest African-American intellectualswho contributed so much toward the American history and abolition of slave trade and slavery.Born a free black child on November 9, 1973, in Baltimore Maryland, Banneker grew ahardworking child helping in his family land. His mother Mary was one of the four children ofmolly, a former indentured slave and Bannaka an ex-slave. His mother also married a freed slaveRobert. Because both of his parents were free, Banneker was also born free (Baker 1918). He was named at the age of 6 years. Most of his early years are not well documented, butthe recorded part portrays him as a hardworking child. Although he never received formaleducation, biographers have indicated that at his early age he attended Quaker school, but mostof his knowledge was self-taught. During this tender age, Banneker developed an interest inscience and mathematics and self-taught himself through borrowed textbooks and at his teenageyears, he was already known as someone who could solve mathematical problems and fixdelicate machines.During his early years, Banneker is known to be a fixer who constructed a workingirrigation system for his family farm. According to Mulcrone (1961), One of his most notableearly years' accomplishments was his ability to make a correctly working watch that worked forover 40 years before it was destroyed in a fire after his death. He was able to craft every singlepart of the clock and make a bigger watch out of wood. During his lifetime, he grew up to

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