Preservation Long Island and Lloyd Harbor Historical Society hosted tours of two historic houses to celebrate the birthday of Long Island writer Jupiter Hammon and Black Poetry Day on October 14, 2023.

The free tours of Henry Lloyd House and Joseph Lloyd Manor in Lloyd Harbor presented the story of Jupiter Hammon, America’s first published African-American poet, whose extraordinary life spanned nearly a century and witnessed the beginnings and end of enslavement, a revolution, and the establishment of a new nation.

Jupiter Hammon was born into slavery at Henry Lloyd Manor on October 17, 1711, a date now celebrated as Black Poetry Day. Hammon went on to compose several of his most significant works while later enslaved at Joseph Lloyd Manor, designated as a National Literary Landmark™ in 2020 by the United for Libraries and Empire State Center for the Book.

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Lauren Brincat, the curator for Preservation Long Island, conducts a tour Saturday at the Joseph Lloyd Manor house in Lloyd Harbor where enslaved poet Jupiter Hammon lived. Credit: Elizabeth Sagarin, Newsday.

Henry Lloyd House (left); Joseph Lloyd Manor (right). Credit: Preservation Long Island