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Friday, October 17, 2003


Jupiter Hammon was the property of three generations of the Lloyd family of Lloyd's Neck, Long Island, New York. It's not known when he died or where he was buried, but his grave was probably on land owned by his owners.

Today, though, is his birthday and, because he was the first published black poet in the United States, today is also Black Poetry Day there. Imagine that.

So take a black poet to lunch, if you're in the US. (Any black poet who gets a free lunch out of this owes me a dessert.)


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