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Benjamin Banneker storyteller Robert Smith

Benjamin Banneker, an African-American born near Baltimore in 1731, was the son of a slave and a free woman. He grew up and became a mathematician, a self-taught astronomer, an inventor and the writer of a yearly almanac. One of his greatest achievements was his appointment to the District of Columbia Commission by President George Washington to help plan the capital of the United States. Bob Smith, noted storyteller, brings the 18th century to life by way of this outstanding colonial citizen. The event will take place on Jan. 30 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at 3023 Garrison Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21216.