Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Loved the Stars (1989)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Biopic [feature], Docudrama  |   Run Time - 96 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Ossie Davis stars in this 60-minute TV drama. Davis plays Benjamin Banneker, the self-taught African-American astronomer, surveyor and almanac author. Banneker accomplished all this in the late 18th and early 19th century, a time when most blacks were held in the grip of slavery. The story details Banneker's first few "free" years as a farmer, his correspondence with Thomas Jefferson, and his efforts to help fugitive slaves escape. Benjamin Banneker: The Man Who Loved the Stars was first telecast in February of 1989 over the CBN cable service.

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African-American, Renaissance-man, escape, racism, slavery