of the biggest showoffs in town was a character named Josef Levi
who had a fancy pocket watch.
legend has it that Levi gave Banneker the pocket watch
but unless it was stolen or counterfeit,
i have a difficult time believing that a white man just gave this 19 year old black kid a watch.
but ben studied the watch and built a much larger replica.
it took him two years,
but ben made America's first clock
it ran for forty years.
and unlike george washington's teeth
this clock was made of wood.