The painful effects of racial bias and the long legacy of slavery are now on full display in our country. While many people live their lives shielded from such brutal realities, others must live them each day; carefully and often wary that any encounter could be fatal. This different reality is a topic that causes discomfort, pain, and fear. Honest communication about race and the legacy of slavery in America is necessary to initiate change and foster a more equitable society. Conversation alone will not address or repair these issues. What is essential is dialogue towards understanding and empathy.
Through the Jupiter Hammon Project, we encourage all people to enter into dialogue with those around them, to examine their own biases, and work towards true equality in words and in practice.
The Jupiter Hammon Project is a major initiative and multi-year effort of Preservation Long Island. The goal of the project is to develop a new equitable interpretation for Joseph Lloyd Manor, an 18th-century historic house museum and a site of Black enslavement, and to strengthen its relevance to the Long Island community. This new interpretation will include telling the story of Jupiter Hammon (1711– ca.1806), one of the earliest published African American writers, who composed his most well-known works while enslaved at the house.
The Jupiter Hammon Project official press release may be downloaded HERE.
Literary Landmark Event
Visit the Jupiter Hammon Literary Landmark page to learn more about the designation of the house where Jupiter Hammon lived as a Literary Landmark. Register HERE for the virtual Literary Landmark plaque unveiling ceremony on October 17, 2020 at 2pm.
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.