United for Libraries and Empire State Center for the Book will recognize Joseph Lloyd Manor as a Literary Landmark for Jupiter Hammon, one of the first published African American writers.

The unveiling of a bronze plaque recognizing Jupiter Hammon and the significance of the Joseph Lloyd Manor as a Literary Landmark will take place on Jupiter Hammon’s birthday: Saturday, October 17, 2020.

The event will include a speech by Irene Moore, president of the Town of Huntington African American Historic Designation Council, readings by actor/writer Malik Work, refreshments, and tours of Joseph Lloyd Manor. Press and local dignitaries will also be in attendance. The winners of the Jupiter Hammon Portrait Essay/Poetry Contest will recite their winning essay/poem (sponsored by the Town of Huntington Historic African American Designation Council).

The unveiling ceremony is part of Preservation Long Island’s Jupiter Hammon Project, which includes bringing together eminent scholars and professionals with community stakeholders to examine themes surrounding Jupiter Hammon and enslavement on Long Island. This initiative will inform a more equitable and relevant interpretation of Preservation Long Island’s Joseph Lloyd Manor for the visiting public.

Come celebrate Jupiter Hammon’s accomplishments and contributions to American history and literature.

Preservation Long Island is closely monitoring public health guidance pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic and public gatherings. This program will occur on October 17, 2020, but may be presented as a virtual event. Should the event change from in-person to digital, all registrants will be notified by email and will be provided with online access information. Our website event page will also be updated with the latest information. 


Joseph Lloyd Manor
1 Lloyd Lane, Lloyd Harbor Rd.
Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743

Saturday, October 17, 2020
2:00 PM–4:00 PM

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Preservation Long Island thanks the following sponsors for the Jupiter Hammon Literary Landmark Plaque:

Town of Huntington African American Historic Designation Council
NAACP Huntington Branch
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.-Sigma Psi Omega Chapter
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated, Suffolk County Chapter
The Links, Incorporated, Long Island (NY) Chapter

More Jupiter Hammon Project Events

Roundtable #1: Long Island in the Black Atlantic World

Weeksville Heritage Center (Brooklyn)
August 15, 2020

Roundtable #2: The Voice of Jupiter Hammon

Suffolk County Historical Society (Riverhead)
September 19, 2020

Roundtable #3: Confronting Slavery at Joseph Lloyd Manor

Joseph Lloyd Manor
October 24, 2020

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