Sir, suffer me to recall to your mind that time in which the arms and tyranny of the British Crown were exerted with every powerful effort in order to reduce you to a State of Servitude, look back I entreat you on the variety of dangers to which you were exposed; reflect on that time in which every human aid appeared unavailable, and in which even hope and fortitude wore the aspect of inability to the conflict and you cannot but be led to a serious and grateful sense of your miraculous and providential preservations; you cannot but acknowledge that the present freedom and tranquility which you enjoy you have mercifully received and that it is the peculiar blessing of Heaven.

[An excerpt from Benjamin Banneker's letter to Thomas Jefferson, written 8/19/1791, America's First Publicly Documented Protest Letter]


Benjamin Banneker Jazz & Poetry Festival, 2/27/14

Dr. John Hope Franklin

Renowned Historian, Dr. John Hope Franklin, Advocates for Benjamin Banneker Memorial

Unveiling of our first commemorative prototype A video from several years ago that was recorded at the National Archives Museum for the unveiling of our first commemorative prototype. It was a historic and major event documenting a major milestone in our trek

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