Preservation Long Island announces the launch of a major initiative to reinterpret the 18th-century Joseph Lloyd Manor, where Jupiter Hammon (1711–ca.1806), one of the first published African American authors was enslaved and wrote powerfully about the social and moral conflicts slavery raised in the newly formed United States.
Date: Saturday, October 17, 2020
Time: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Join us on Jupiter Hammon’s birthday as United for Libraries and Empire State Center for the Book is recognizes the house where the first published African American writer lived and was enslaved as a Literary Landmark.
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Long Island in the Black Atlantic World: Why did Long Island have one of the largest enslaved populations in the North during the 17th and 18th centuries?
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Time: 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM
The Voice of Jupiter Hammon: What do Jupiter Hammon’s writings tell us about him as an educated individual surviving within the structure of enslavement?
Date: Saturday, October 24, 2020
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Confronting Slavery at Joseph Lloyd Manor: How can Preservation Long Island best engage Joseph Lloyd Manor visitors with Jupiter Hammon’s story, the region’s history of enslavement, and segregation on Long Island today?
Preservation Long Island has been introducing visitors to Jupiter Hammon, America’s first published black poet, at Joseph Lloyd Manor since the house opened to the public in the 1980s. Hammon’s life and writings offer an exceptionally nuanced view of slavery and freedom on Long Island before and after the American Revolution.