28 days of Black Inventions
February 22th, 2017
As we normally do this time of year, we’re going to celebrate Black History Month by acknowledging 28 of the most influential, world changing inventions by Black People. Our goal is to shed light on some inventions that most people probably didn’t know about, some of the lessor known inventions as well some of the more notable inventions. So, join us on our 28-day journey and you might learn a thing or two.
During the years 1792 through 1797 an Almanac was published. An Almanac was a newsletter/book released on a yearly basis. This like all Almanac was very informative as it detailed studied information ranging from weather patterns to Solar & Lunar Eclipses. It also accurately provided info on the moon phases and tides of the oceans. The Almanac was a handy book that many Farmers of the late 1800’s counted on to help them with their crops. Providing Farmers with advice for planting crops was very useful even for the most knowledgeable Farmers.
Almanacs still provide valuable information in today’s world as it had in the past. However, in 19th Century America it loomed large and was eagerly anticipated. The information in the Almanac was very precise because the person behind it was well informed and studied to no end for accuracy. This Almanac was regional representing the Virginia, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. Written in a Newspaper style layout the 6 Editions of the Benjamin Banneker Almanac also included stories, Poems and even letters to Thomas Jefferson.
Benjamin Banneker, an African American Free man born to Free parents in 1731 in Baltimore County, Maryland. Banneker had many titles, Inventor, Surveyor, Author, Writer & Farmer. All of which were areas of personal expertise, he was exceptional at almost everything he did. A great mind, mostly self-taught even though he’d eventually briefly attend school for formal teaching. Benjamin Banneker is renowned for his many works throughout his life, one of his most prestigious was his work as a Surveyor. He was one of the people in charge of the design and layout of the Federal City which would later be known as Washington, D.C.
Aside from Publishing Almanac he had hand written many letters to future President Thomas Jefferson. Who would later cite his brilliance to his counterparts in the Government. Mr. Banneker like many African Americans of his day, despite being a free man had to deal with an intolerant world towards Blacks. This would be the impotence to the many letters he had wrote to Thomas Jefferson. Benjamin Banneker, never had children and the many artifacts and documents he had died in a fire on the very day he was laid to rest in 1806 on his farm.
There will always be people out there trying to belittle or discredit the work of early African Americans in this country. The laws of the land for many years prohibited Blacks from filing and holding Patents to the Inventions they made. That’s enough reason for me to question anyone who questions the accomplishments of any of my heroes! #Thankyou