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Banneker Playground

Macy Ave. bet. Lafayette Ave. and Kosciuszko St.

Brooklyn

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This text is part of Parks’ Historical Signs Project and can be found posted within the park.

Banneker Playground is named in honor of Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806), a noted African-American writer and mathematician.  Born a free man in Maryland, Banneker worked much of his life on the family farm.  By the age of twenty-two, Banneker had become known for occupying himself with mathematical puzzles, and he had already built an accurate clock entirely of carved wooden parts.  When he was twenty-eight, Banneker took responsibility for the farm as a result of his father’s death, and he did not retire from farming until he was fifty-nine.  Although he had always had an interest in mathematics and the mechanical workings of the natural environment, it wasn’t until the end of his farming career that he took up serious studies, using books he borrowed from others.

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Directions to Banneker Playground

  • Banneker Playground Spray Shower
  • Banneker Playground

Banneker Playground Weather

  • Tue
    Partly Sunny then Slight Chance Light Rain
    57°F
  • Wed
    Light Rain Likely and Areas Fog then Heavy Rain and Breezy
    68°F
  • Thu
    Sunny and Breezy
    51°F
  • Fri
    Chance Light Snow
    39°F

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