Jupiter Hammon

(1711-1800)

Jupiter Hammon
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Jupiter Hammon (October 17, 1711 – before 1806) was a Black poet who became the first African-American published writer in America when a poem appeared in print in 1760. He was a slave his entire life, and the date of his death is unknown. He was living in 1790 at the age of 79, and died by 1806. Hammon was a devout Christian, and is considered one of the founders of African American literature.

Hammon was born a slave and was owned by four generations of the Lloyd family of Queens on Long Island, New York. His parents were both slaves. His father, called Opium, had a reputation for frequent escape attempts; his mother was named Rose. Hammon was allowed to attend school, and ... more »

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  • James Dudley (4/27/2013 9:45:00 PM)

    Jupiter Hammon should have a literary award named in his honor. He is a pioneer in Black literature and poetry

  • James Dudley (4/27/2013 9:41:00 PM)

    Jupiter Hammon should have a poetry award named in his honor. He is a pioneer in Black poetry and literature

  • James Dudley (4/27/2013 9:39:00 PM)

    Should have a poetry award named in his honor. He was a pioneer in Black poetry and literature

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