Joseph Lloyd Manor and the Jupiter Hammon Project are the focus of a new installment of Treasures of New York, a documentary series streaming on WLIW and distributed to PBS stations across the country for digital use!

Treasures of New York: Joseph Lloyd Manor and the Jupiter Hammon Project explores the rich history behind an 18th-century northern plantation house and its connection to the first published African-American poet. Situated on Long Island’s north shore, Joseph Lloyd Manor was built between 1766 and 1767, a testament to the wealth and power of the Lloyd family that claimed the land in the 1600s. Now, under the direction of the non-profit organization, Preservation Long Island, the historic house is undergoing a transformative reinterpretation to better align with the organization’s mission to celebrate and preserve the region’s diverse cultural heritage. Central to the episode is Jupiter Hammon, the first published African-American poet, who, while enslaved at Joseph Lloyd Manor, authored profound works addressing slavery and freedom during the country’s colonial period.