‘The Transfiguration of Benjamin Banneker’ at La MaMa

Puppet by Theodora Skipitares. Photo by Jane Catherine Shaw

  Imagine being  a primarily self-taught scientist who wrote several almanacs, built a clock that ran 50 years, corresponded with Thomas Jefferson and was so brilliant performing measurements you were invited to survey what become Washington, D.C.  With those accomplishments you'd rate a statue in the Nation's Capital, right?  Afraid not.  Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806) has a Park, but still no monument.  The current administration and their congressional minions are too busy building false facades to themselves to recognize the accomplishments of a great African-American thinker - or any for that matter.  In place of permanence and as a precursor to Black History