Intersection of Jupiter Hammon and Long Island History

Intersection of Poet Jupiter Hammon and Long Island History
Sunday, June 12, 2022
1:30-3:30 PM

WWBA collaborates with Preservation Long Island who launched a major initiative to interpret poet Jupiter’s Hammon’s life a the Joseph Manor Home. Speakers include Preservation Long Island curator Lauren Brincat, Huntington Town Historian and author of Slavery in Huntington and Its Abolition Robert Hughes, and poet David Mills.

Hammon (1711-ca. 1806) is known as a founder of African-American literature. Born into slavery at the Lloyd Manor, around 50 years old, Hammon published his first poem, “An Evening Thought. Salvation by Christ with Penitential Cries.” He gained wide circulation and used his Christian biblical foundation to criticize the institution of slavery.

PLI offers tours of Lloyd Manor and educational programs about Hammon, the site’s historical significance, and Long Island’s history of enslavement. WWBA collaborates with PLI to interpret Jupiter’s poetry in historical contexts.

Sponsored by HNY SHARP Action Grant

This events is part of WWBA’s series Intersections: African American Voices of Democracy. Read more about this series here: https://www.waltwhitman.org/events/intersections-african-american-voices-of-democracy-series/