Benjamin F. Hicks

Benjamin F. Hicks (HMX0G)

Location: Sedley, VA 23878 Southampton County
Country: United States of America

N 36° 48.117', W 77° 1.981'

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Born 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.
HM NumberHMX0G
Marker NumberU 120-a
Year Placed2008
Placed ByDepartment of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Tuesday, October 7th, 2014 at 9:46am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 318631 N 4074830
Decimal Degrees36.80195000, -77.03301667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 48.117', W 77° 1.981'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 48' 7.02" N, 77° 1' 58.86" W
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Area Code(s)757
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 16058-16138 State Rte 616, Sedley VA 23878, US
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