Facing Slavery: Reframing the Lloyd Family Portraits

Through an important collection of early American portraits recently donated to Preservation Long Island, the exhibition explores the entangled stories of the Lloyd family and the people they enslaved for over a hundred years at the Manor of Queens Village (today Lloyd Neck), including writer Jupiter Hammon (1711–before 1806). While Hammon’s surviving words embody his thoughts and identity, the multi-generational collection of Lloyd family portraits give a face to at least one side of a story about kinship and bondage across the eighteenth century.