The poems of Jupiter Hammon, America’s first published African American author, who wrote his most significant works while enslaved at Joseph Lloyd Manor in Lloyd Harbor shortly after the American Revolution, are the focus of a CBS News Black History Month feature.

CBS New York’s Carolyn Gusoff introduces viewers to Jupiter Hammon (1711–before 1806), an enslaved man on Long Island in the 18th century who gave us a rare glimpse into his views on slavery and freedom in poetry.

The story features interviews with Preservation Long Island’s Education Director Andrew Tharler, Curator Lauren Brincat, and Board Member Melisa Rousseau as well as theater artist Malik Work, whose short film interpretation of Hammon’s An Essay on Slavery is part of an audio-visual installation at Joseph Lloyd Manor.