Did you know that the first published African American author was born on Long Island and that he survived three generations of enslavement? His name was Jupiter Hammon.
Join Preservation Long Island for the Jupiter Hammon Project, a major initiative to develop a more relevant and equitable interpretation of Joseph Lloyd Manor, one of Preservation Long Island’s historic houses and a site of Black enslavement. While enslaved at the Manor, Jupiter Hammon (1711–ca.1806) wrote powerfully about the social and moral conflicts slavery raised in the newly formed United States.
Through a series of three virtual public roundtables conducted during the late summer and early fall of 2020, the Jupiter Hammon Project will bring together renowned scholars and professionals with local residents, descendant communities, and other stakeholders to explore the legacy of slavery on Long Island and the life of Jupiter Hammon. Please join the conversation! Links to event details and registration below.
On Jupiter Hammon’s birthday, Saturday, October 17, 2020, join us for the designation of Joseph Lloyd Manor as a Literary Landmark in honor of Jupiter Hammon and his significant contributions to American literature.
In partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center (Brooklyn)
August 15, 2020
In partnership with Suffolk County Historical Society (Riverhead)
September 19, 2020
In partnership with Lloyd Harbor Historical Society
October 24, 2020
The most comprehensive volume on Hammon’s works to date, The Collected Works of Jupiter Hammon carefully reconstructs the historical, political, social, and religious contexts that shaped his essays and poems throughout the late eighteenth century.
Help Us Tell the Full Story
Your contribution to the Jupiter Hammon Project will help us to expand interpretive programming at the 18th century Joseph Lloyd Manor to encourage more rigorous and relevant encounters with Jupiter Hammon, and the legacy of enslavement on Long Island.
Click HERE to support the Jupiter Hammon Project
Preservation Long Island thanks the following sponsors and advisory council members for supporting the Jupiter Hammon Project:
Jupiter Hammon Project Advisory Council:
Melisa Chioma Emeghebo Rousseau
DeLaCour Family Foundation
Lloyd Harbor Historical Society