via Yale University Library's Special Collections

Source: Yale University Library’s Special Collections

Date & Time:
Saturday, September 21, 2013

Joseph Lloyd Manor
Lloyd Lane and Lloyd Harbor Road
Lloyd Harbor, NY 11743

This event is free and open to the public.

Professor May will visit Long Island to speak about his discovery of a lost poem by the 18th-century American poet and slave, Jupiter Hammon, who lived at SPLIA’s Joseph Lloyd Manor on Lloyd Neck. Dr. May’s talk will focus on the techniques used to authenticate the newly-discovered poem, and discuss some of his other recent research on the life of Jupiter Hammon.

Professor May is working on a scholarly edition of Hammon’s poetry and prose. Jupiter Hammon is believed to be the first African-American to publish literary works in America.

Much of May’s research involves the development of an online database of literature related to early African-American culture. He is in the process of digitizing early African-American authors who wrote between 1760-1830. His database archive, which contains images of Jupiter Hammon’s newly discovered poem, can be visited at “The Early Transatlantic Writing Project”