Jupiter Hammon, America’s first published African American Poet, was born in Lloyd Neck in 1711 and lived into his nineties. Lloyd Manor, the Huntington house where Jupiter Hammon was born into slavery, is being designated as a Literary Landmark.
Join Preservation Long Island for a virtual unveiling (via Zoom) of a bronze plaque recognizing Joseph Lloyd Manor as a Literary Landmark on Jupiter Hammon's 309th birthday, Saturday, October 17, 2020. The unveiling ceremony, part of Preservation Long Island’s Jupiter Hammon Project, will celebrate Jupiter Hammon's significant accomplishments and contributions to American history and literature.
Saturday’s event will include presentations by several luminaries including Congressman Tom Suozzi, County Executive Steve Bellone, and Town Supervisor Chad Lupinacci. Featured will be winners of the Jupiter Hammon Essay/Poetry Contest: Esmeralda Benitez Fuentes, Cristopher Reyes, and Ayberk Isik, who entered the contest last year while attending the Silas Wood 6th Grade Center. The trio will recite their essays which were winners in the Jupiter Hammon Poetry & Essay Contest (sponsored by the Town of Huntington Historic African American Designation Council).
To register via Zoom, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/jupiter-hammon-literary-landmark-virtual-celebration-tickets-91899358455