1847-1925Born six miles north of here near Courtland in the Berlin-Ivor District of Southampton County, African American Benjamin Hicks made his living by farming. Highly respected for his industrious and creative talents, he used the anvil, forge, and woodworking devices in his machine shop to improve peanut farming methods. By 1902, Hick had received a patent for his invention of a gasoline-powered machine for stemming and cleaning peanuts and is noted for his contributions to the development of the peanut harvester. Hick's picker is believed to have helped revolutionize farming in Southampton and the peanut growing area. He is buried on his farm.
|Marker Number||U 120-a|
|Placed By||Department of Historic Resources|
|Marker Condition||No reports yet|
|Date Added||Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 9:46am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||18S E 318631 N 4074830|
|Decimal Degrees||36.80195000, -77.03301667|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||N 36° 48.117', W 77° 1.981'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||36° 48' 7.02" N, 77° 1' 58.86" W|
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|Closest Postal Address||At or near 16058-16138 State Rte 616, Sedley VA 23878, US|
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