Preservation Long Island is pleased to announce the launch of The Jupiter Hammon Project, a major initiative aimed at developing a new interpretive direction for the 18th-century Joseph Lloyd Manor that encourages responsible, rigorous, and relevant encounters with the story of Jupiter Hammon, the first published African American writer, and Long Island’s history of enslavement and its impact on society today. Read the full Jupiter Hammon Project Launch Press Release for more project details and information about related special events.

During the late summer and early fall of 2020, Preservation Long Island will schedule and invite the public to participate in roundtables across Long Island that will convene renowned scholars with local residents, descendent communities, and other stakeholders to explore the legacy of slavery on Long Island and the life of Jupiter Hammon.

Roundtable #1: Long Island in the Black Atlantic World
Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn

Roundtable #2: The Voice of Jupiter Hammon
Suffolk County Historical Society, Riverhead

Roundtable #3: Confronting Slavery at Joseph Lloyd Manor
George Weir Barn, Lloyd Harbor

On Jupiter Hammon’s birthday, Saturday, October 17, 2020, a special Literary Landmark Ceremony will take place. On this day, the United for Libraries and Empire State Center for the Book will recognize the house where Jupiter Hammon lived and wrote (Joseph Lloyd Manor) as a Literary Landmark. The day’s events will include the unveiling of the bronze plaque recognizing Jupiter Hammon and the significance of the Joseph Lloyd Manor. Other special activities planned for the event include remarks by noted speakers, dignitaries, poetry readings and tours of the house.

CLICK HERE to watch our Curator Lauren Brincat’s special tour of the Joseph Lloyd Manor featured in Newsday’s Black History Month digital issue.

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