Lecture: Peaceful Protest in Benjamin Banneker’s "Almanack and Ephemeris"

Leah Richardson, special collections librarian, GW Gelman Library

Benjamin Banneker was born a free black man in Ellicott Mills, Maryland, in 1731 and owned a farm near Baltimore. Banneker was largely self-educated in astronomy and mathematics and was called upon by Andrew Ellicott to assist in surveying territory for the construction of the nation's new capital. Banneker also became an active writer of almanacs and exchanged letters with Thomas Jefferson, politely challenging him to do what he could to address racial equality. Drawing from original printings of Banneker's almanacs housed in GW’s Gelman Library, this talk with explore the history of the almanac as a format and Benjamin Banneker’s unique and subversive use of the genre.

This program is part of the D.C. Mondays at the Museum series inspired by the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. Free; no reservations required.