Comprehensive information about Jupiter Hammon including biographical information, facts, literary works, and more. Jupiter Hammon (October 17, 1711 – before 1806) was a black poet who in 1761 became the first African-American writer to be published in the present-day United States. Additional poems and sermons were also published. Born into slavery, Hammon was never emancipated. He was living in 1790 at the age of 79, and died by 1806. A devout Christian, he is considered one of the founders of African-American literature . This educational Jupiter Hammon resource has information about the author's life, works, quotations, articles and essays, and more.
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