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Daily Black History Facts for March 12th
1791: Benjamin Banneker, with Pierre CharlesL’Enfant, commissioned to layout D.C. He
was hired by Major Andrew Ellicott to assist
in the initial survey of the boundaries of the
100-square-mile (260 km2) federal district
(initially, the Territory of Columbia; later,
the District of Columbia) that Maryland and
Virginia would cede to the federal government
of the United States for the nation’s capital in
accordance with the federal Residence Act of
1790 and later legislation.
In late February in 1792, L’Enfant was fired
by President Washington for failure to have
his plan published and who was experiencing
frequent conflicts with the three Commissioners
that Washington had appointed to supervise the
planning and survey of the federal district and
city. Banneker along with others proceeded with
building the nations capital.
1773: Jean Baptiste Pointe de Sable founded
settlement now known as Chicago, Illinois,
which would make him its first permanent (non-
Native American) resident. Little is known of
him, except that he was of African descent &
stated in a memoir of him as a Dominican native.
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