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The abolitionists were very happy with this publicity for their cause. Jefferson’s reply was short but sympathetic. He 30 Thomas Jefferson wrote this letter to Benjamin Banneker on August 30, 1791. ” Jefferson added that he hoped for a new system that would improve the “state of the Negro” in America. He also told Banneker that he had sent a copy of the almanac to a friend, the secretary of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris, France. ” In December 1791, Banneker’s first almanac went on sale.

L’Enfant designed the plan for the nation’s capital by using the land survey Banneker helped to complete. Although Banneker’s home has not been reconstructed, the Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum now occupies part of the farm site in Oella, Maryland. This is perhaps the remembrance that Banneker would have liked best of all. It displays historical and scientific arti- The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum in Oella, Maryland, displays items related to Banneker’s life. 41 facts of the time.

Children enjoy the surroundings as they learn more about this quiet man and the science of astronomy, which he so loved. People still study the skies with as much curiosity as Banneker did on his Maryland farm two centuries earlier. Today, however, they have much better instruments than Banneker did. In 2000, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City opened its Rose Center for Earth and Space. With its fantastic displays and scientific instruments, it is dedicated to the exploration of the universe, its solar systems, and its galaxies.

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