Manor to Manor: Shaping America

The Connection of Three Generations

of African and European Descendants


Date: Sunday, February 28, 2020; 2:00 pm

Location: Online via Zoom

Free to attend; preregister is required


Shelter Island: Sylvester Manor Educational Farm, in partnership with Eastville Community Historical Society (ECHS), will present the 7th Annual Black History Month Celebration. This year’s program will feature a conversation with Lauren Brincat, Curator at Lloyd’s Manor and Donnamarie Barnes, Curator at Sylvester Manor. Moderated by Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director Eastville Community Historical Society, the program will explore the connections between the families of Sylvester Manor and Lloyd’s Manor in Huntington. The two locations were connected through Tammero and Oyou of Sylvester Manor, whose grandson Jupiter Hammon of Lloyd’s Manor was the first published African American poet. 


About our presenters:

Lauren Brincat is the curator of Preservation Long Island where she oversees a collection of over 3,000 objects, 185 cubic feet of archival materials, and three historic houses, including Joseph Lloyd Manor. Lauren has worked in museums and historical societies for over a decade, specializing in curation, exhibition and program development, and collections management. She has held positions at the Museum of the City of New York and the New-York Historical Society. Lauren holds a B.A. in History and Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in American Material Culture with a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program.

Donnamarie Barnes began working at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in 2016 as Curator/ Archivist after working for over 30 years in photojournalism as a photo editor. Her ongoing work of conserving the various collections at the Manor, researching and uncovering the lives and identities of the enslaved and indigenous people of Sylvester Manor is an integral part of the organization’s mission to Preserve, Cultivate and Share the stories of all the people of Sylvester Manor. She has curated the exhibitions, “Women of the Manor,” “A Place in Pictures” and “All That Has Been: Our Roots Revealed.” Her work at Sylvester Manor also includes ongoing photography projects relating to the memory of slavery felt in the landscape.


About the moderator:

Dr. Georgette Lovette Grier-Key is the executive director and chief curator of Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor and has worked in various museums, historical societies, and service organizations with a focus on organizational sustainability. Dr. Grier-Key is a historian, preservationist, and curator, using her skills and experience as an organizer and activist to further the agenda of inclusion in traditional frameworks that have practiced institutional and structural exclusion. Dr. Grier-Key currently serves on the board of the Museum Association of New York and the board of the Preservation League of New York State. Additionally, Dr. Grier-Key dedicates herself to her community by leading and serving on local and regional boards such as the NAACP Brookhaven Town Branch where she is the duly elected President. Dr. Grier- Key is an adjunct assistant professor at CUNY Medgar Evers College and the director of the Long Island History Institute at SUNY Nassau Community College.


Sylvester Manor Educational Farm: Once a Native American hunting, fishing and farming ground, Sylvester Manor has since 1651 been home to eleven generations of its original European settler family. Gifted to the Shelter Island community in 2014, the 235-acre historic site is the most intact slaveholding plantation remnant north of Virginia. Sylvester Manor sits on Gardiners Creek and has been transformed to an Enlightenment-era farm, then to a pioneering food industrialist’s estate and today to a nonprofit organic educational farm and vibrant arts and education center with programs open to all. The property includes the original Manor House built in 1735, a timber frame farmstand and a 19th century windmill. For more information, visit www.sylvestermanor.org.




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