Did you know that one of the earliest published African American authors was born on Long Island in 1711 and that he survived three generations of enslavement? His name was Jupiter Hammon.
The Jupiter Hammon Project is 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 that enslaved generations of people of African descent. While enslaved at the Manor, Jupiter Hammon (1711–before 1806) wrote powerfully about the social and moral conflicts slavery raised in the newly formed United States.
Jupiter Hammon Project Roundtables
Through a series of three virtual public roundtables conducted during the late summer and early fall of 2020, Preservation Long Island brought 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 visit our Vimeo channel for content produced by Preservation Long Island for the Jupiter Hammon Project.
In partnership with Weeksville Heritage Center (Brooklyn)
WATCH August 15, 2020 webinar recording
In partnership with Suffolk County Historical Society (Riverhead)
WATCH September 19, 2020 webinar recording
In partnership with Lloyd Harbor Historical Society
WATCH October 24, 2020 webinar recording
Watch Malik Work’s Interpretation of “An Essay on Slavery”
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’s story and the legacy of enslavement on Long Island.
Preservation Long Island thanks the following sponsors and advisory council members for supporting the Jupiter Hammon Project:
Jupiter Hammon Project Advisory Council:
Dr. David Byer-Tyre
Dr. Georgette Grier-Key
Melisa Chioma Emeghebo Rousseau
Jupiter Hammon Project Sponsors:
DeLaCour Family Foundation
Lloyd Harbor Historical Society