Preservation Long Island has launched 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.
LEARN MORE: Visit the main Jupiter Hammon Project page for details about this multi-year initiative. Explore the Jupiter Hammon Resources page to access original historic documents and for interactive, virtual and digital content. Read the full Jupiter Hammon Project Launch Press Release for a project overview and information about related special events.
JOIN THE CONVERSATION: Preservation Long Island has organized three public roundtables to convene in the late summer and fall of 2020*. We will bring together renowned scholars with local residents, descendant communities, and other stakeholders to explore the legacy of slavery on Long Island and the life of Jupiter Hammon.
NEW ROUNDTABLE DATES ANNOUNCED: August 15, 2020, September 19, 2020, and October 24, 2020
**Preservation Long Island is closely monitoring government regulations and the unfolding COVID-19 crisis. All Jupiter Hammon Project events will occur, but may be presented in a digital format. Please check back for updated information.**
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
Literary Landmark Celebration
On Jupiter Hammon’s birthday, Saturday, October 17, 2020, a special Literary Landmark Ceremony will take place. On this day, United for Libraries and Empire State Center for the Book will recognize Joseph Lloyd Manor as a Literary Landmark in honor of Jupiter Hammon. 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.