by Mary Jo
February is Black History Month in the US and Canada. I understand that the UK has a similar celebration in October. February was chosen because both Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass were born this month, on the 12th and 14th respectively.
Until last fall, I had only the vaguest awareness of Benjamin Banneker--that he was an early African American scientist of some sort. And that was the extent of my knowledge.
Then a friend visited and the Mayhem Consultant suggested I take her to see the Benjamin Banneker Museum , which I'd never heard of. Situated in a very rural area of Baltimore County, I was surprised to find that the museum is a handsome building that is the centerpiece of the 142 acre Benjamin Banneker county park. Moreover, the park is located on the site of Banneker's own farm.