A revealing and fascinating biography of a man who deserves to be better known for his contribution to science and American history,- Benjamin Banneker, free Negro. His achievements go back to the days when color lines were not so sharply drawn in colonial Maryland. His family were respected as good farmers. Young Ben was a prize pupil in a Quaker school, and was started on his scientific inquiries by a brilliant and gifted Jew. He became renowned as a clock maker. He built a reputation as a mathematician and astronomer. He was a vital factor in putting Major L'Enfant's plan for Washington into being. And throughout his long and useful life, he fought for the freedom of his race. Dramatic treatment of a rewarding subject.