Watch the recording of the September 19, 2020 Roundtable#2: “The Voice of Jupiter Hammon”.
Watch the recording of the August 15, 2020 Roundtable #1: “Long Island in the Black Atlantic World”.
The practice of chattel slavery in New York has a long history. Rather than ending enslavement outright, New York enacted a series of gradual emancipation laws that created slow and often complicated paths towards freedom.
Preservation Long Island has been introducing visitors to Jupiter Hammon, one of America’s first published Black writers, 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.