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Banneker (Benjamin) SW-9 Intermediate Boundary Stone

Arlington, Virginia
County of Arlington.
18th and Van Buren Streets
National Register Number: 76002094
Resource type: Object.
The threat level was Watch in
Congressional District: VA-8 Certified Local Government: YES
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Current use/information: In local park..

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 11, 1976):
This boundary stone commemorates the accomplishments of Benjamin Banneker (1731-1806), farmer, mathematician, inventor, astronomer, writer, surveyor, scientist, and humanitarian. Perhaps the most famous Black man in Colonial America, Banneker helped survey the District of Columbia.

As one of the first monuments erected by the U.S. Government in 1791, the Banneker marker has been subjected to the natural elements for the past 200 plus years. This boundary marker, like all of the markers delineating the original border of the District of Columbia, is brown sandstone from the quarries of Acquia Creek in Stafford County, VA. To date, the stone has deteriorated and the inscription on the stone, marking the jurisdiction of the United States and that of Virginia, is barely legible. While the natural forces upon this marker and all of the other surviving Boundary Stones is no greater today than in past years, the cumulative effects of nature have taken their toll.

Recommendation/Change since last report:
While this Boundary Stone, like all of the surviving markers, is afforded limited protection by a surrounding metal fence (courtesy of the Daughters of the American Revolution), nothing has been done to understand, document, or eliminate the stone deterioration itself. At a minimum, a study should be conducted that documents the deterioration to this point in time as well as offering an approach to minimize or halt the deterioration.

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