What do Jupiter Hammon’s writings tell us about him
as an educated individual surviving within the structure of enslavement?


Saturday, September 19th
10:00 AM – 11:30 AMRegistered Virtual Roundtable webinar viewers have the opportunity to submit questions in real time for live discussion among the expert panelists!

Born into slavery on Long Island and educated alongside his future enslaver, Jupiter Hammon (1711–ca. 1806), one of the earliest published African American writers, endured the American Revolution and witnessed the founding of a new nation.

This second roundtable, moderated by Cordell Reaves, Historic Preservation and Interpretation Analyst with the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, features Dr. Jessie Erickson (University of Delaware), teacher and writer, Malik Work, and Dr. Phillip M. Richards (Colgate University).

Through an analysis of Hammon’s own words, the panelists will explore how Hammon’s religious beliefs influenced his thoughts about freedom and equality; writing and the exchange of ideas as an act of resistance; and the importance of Jupiter’s works to understanding American history and literature.

Our program co-host for this roundtable is the Suffolk County Historical Society.

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Explore some of the fascinating people and places in the story of Jupiter Hammon, a remarkable Long Islander, born into slavery, who became one of America’s first published African American writers. We have launched an interactive story map that explores the long-distance ties of kinship, bondage, travel, and trade across Jupiter Hammon’s world.
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Enjoy this short video introduction to the Jupiter Hammon Project!

The Jupiter Hammon Project is a multi-year initiative of Preservation Long Island. The goal of the project is to develop a new and equitable interpretation for Joseph Lloyd Manor, an 18th-century historic house museum and a site of Black enslavement on Long Island.

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.

Learn more about the Jupiter Hammon Project on our dedicated Vimeo channel! Watch our Getting to Know the Roundtable Panelists series and other special features produced for the project by Preservation Long Island staff.

Visit our dedicated Jupiter Hammon Project Resources page for a comprehensive collection of materials for you to read and explore online.



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