“A Discovery in the Townsend Family Papers: A Long Lost Poem by the First Published African-American Poet”
Opening Sunday, March 29th, this exhibit will examine a newly discovered poem by Jupiter Hammon, America’s first published African-American writer. A slave of four generations of Long Island’s Lloyd family of Lloyd Harbor, Hammon was the author of several sermons and only five other known poems.
“Robert Townsend, Spy for George Washington”
This exhibit examines the origins and leadership of the Culper Spy Ring during the American Revolution. Robert Townsend, who lived and died in Raynham Hall, was George Washington’s most important spy in the Ring. The exhibit reveals how the Culper Code worked, and includes a display of Robert Townsend’s personal possessions.