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

The Literary Landmark™ bronze plaque was unveiled at Joseph Lloyd Manor on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 which recognized Jupiter Hammon’s 309th birthday as well as Black Poetry Day. Hammon’s literary achievements were celebrated during the first ever Literary Landmark dedication to be livestreamed.

The designation ceremony featured live speeches from the porch of Joseph Lloyd Manor by Irene Moore (Chair) and Melisa Emeghebo Rousseau (Member) from the Town of Huntington African American Historic Designation Council and US Congressman Thomas Suozzi. Virtual presentations included a poetry reading by actor/writer Malik Work and winners of the Jupiter Hammon Writing Contest recited their winning entries (sponsored by the Town of Huntington Historic African American Designation Council).

The Literary Landmark designation complements Preservation Long Island’s Jupiter Hammon Project.

Click HERE for the Literary Landmark official press release. Click HERE for the official event program.

Watch the designation ceremony!

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
Lloyd Harbor Historical Society

More Jupiter Hammon Project Events

Roundtable #1: Long Island in the Black Atlantic

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