Benjamin Banneker: The Early Years

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Benjamin Banneker The Early Years Benjamin Banneker was not born into slavery like so many other African Americans. His mother’s side of the family made this happen. His grandmother, Mary Walsh, was white. She was sentenced for seven years of indentured servitude for stealing milk. After those seven years, she bought some property and two African American slaves, one in which she married. His name was Bannaky, and they had many children. One of them was Benjamin’s mother, whose name was also Mary. Like her mother, Mary was white, but she bought and married an African American slave, whose name was Robert. Benjamin had many brothers and sisters. He was born on November 9, 1731, just outside of Baltimore, Maryland. Banneker had the

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