Preservation Society Acquires Portraits of Lloyd Descendants

Preservation Long Island has been given four portraits of descendants of the Lloyd and Nelson families from Boston and Long Island.

“This gift coincided with the launch of the first phase of the Jupiter Hammon Project, a long-term initiative that will transform how we engage future visitors to Joseph Lloyd Manor (1767) with the entangled stories of the Lloyd family and the families they enslaved for more than a century at the Manor of Queens Village on Long Island, today Lloyd Neck,” the organization said.

Depicted are Elizabeth Tailer Nelson (1667–1734), John Nelson (1654–1734), Henry Lloyd I (1685–1763), and James Lloyd III (1769–1831), members of the family for whom Lloyd Neck is named.

“We are looking forward to seeing all these portraits in one place; it’s a better way to provide context,” said Darren St. George, director, Education & Public Programs, Preservation Long Island.

Hammon, who was born enslaved at Lloyd Manor, and became the first African-American poet published in North America in 1761 with his work, “”An Evening Thought. [sic] Salvation by Christ with Penitential Cries.”

The portraits will be available initially only online.

“This was a really prominent family that was divided by the American Revolution,” curator Lauren Brincat said. “They are  part of Huntington’s early history. Their story gets into the complexity of early colonial life as it played out here.”

 

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