Benjamin Banneker was an early and vocal advocate for the equality of people of African descent in our young nation, beliefs which he conveyed in a letter to Thomas Jefferson in 1791 and in his almanacs.
"...it is the indispensible duty of those who maintain for themselves the rights of human nature...to extend their power and influence to the relief of every part of the human race, from whatever burthen or oppression they may unjustly labour under..."
--B. Banneker, August 19, 1791
The BBF remains guided by Mr. Banneker's impactful words and stands in solidarity with those who continue the legacy of speaking out in the name of equality and justice for people of color in the US and beyond.
Due to COVID-19, the 2020 Colonial Market Fair has been cancelled. The Benjamin Banneker Foundation is looking forward to hosting the event next year on June 11 & 12, 2021.
The Benjamin Banneker Historical Museum will be closed from Saturday, March 14 until further notice to minimize the spread of the COVID-19 virus. All organized activities are cancelled until further notice. The park and trails remain open from sunrise to sunset. For more information, visit https://www.baltimorecountymd.gov/Agencies/recreation/
"On record now thy name's enrolled, and future ages will be told,
there lived a man called Banneker, an African astronomer."
- Susana Mason
An Address to Benjamin Banneker