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D.C. Mondays: Who Was Benjamin Banneker?

Drawing of Benjamin Banneker


Celebrate the legacy of Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806)—a free black farmer, mathematician, astronomer, surveyor, writer, abolitionist, and naturalist. Melanie Dance, director of the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum in Maryland, will introduce the many impressive accomplishments of this historical figure who captured the attention of our founding fathers.

About Melanie Dance Dengler

Melanie Dance Dengler is a naturalist and historian with the Baltimore County Department of Recreation and Parks who currently manages the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum. She has worked in the parks for most of her career, educating youth about the stewardship of resources and the history of parks in Baltimore County, as well as with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. Dengler helped pioneer an outdoor educational facility, NorthBay, that focuses on underserved youth in Maryland. 

How to Participate

To participate, register online, and we will email you a link and instructions for joining the program on Zoom. Simply follow that link at the time the event starts (12 p.m. EST). When you register, you can also request to receive a reminder email one day before the program with the link included.  

About the D.C. Mondays Series

Join local authors, researchers, and community members online for lively discussions about Washington, D.C.’s history, politics, culture, and more. Browse upcoming programs