Benjamin Banneker park and museum dedicated in Oella

June 10, 1998

OELLA -- The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park and Museum, a monument to the man known as the "first black man of science," was dedicated yesterday by Baltimore County Executive C. A. Dutch Ruppersberger.

The Colonial-era almanac author lived and farmed tobacco at the 142-acre site of the museum at 300 Oella Ave. The dedication was attended by about 300 community members, politicians, descendants of Banneker and Friends of Benjamin Banneker, a group of volunteers that lobbied for the $2.5 million park and museum and helped find artifacts for exhibit.

The museum, owned and operated by the Baltimore County VTC Department of Recreation and Parks, will be open by appointment this summer. The park also has an active archaeological dig.

Pub Date: 6/10/98

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