Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and the Eastville Community Historical Society will present their Seventh Annual Black History Month Celebration online this Sunday, Feb. 28 at 2 p.m.

This year’s program will feature a conversation with Lauren Brincat, Curator at Lloyd’s Manor and Donnamarie Barnes, Curator at Sylvester Manor.

Moderated by Dr. Georgette Grier-Key, Executive Director Eastville Community Historical Society, the program will explore the connections between the families of Sylvester Manor and Lloyd’s Manor in Huntington, NY. 

The two locations were connected through Tammero and Oyou of Sylvester Manor, whose grandson Jupiter Hammon of Lloyd’s Manor was the first published African American poet. 

Lauren Brincat is the curator of Preservation Long Island, where she oversees a collection of over 3,000 objects, 185 cubic feet of archival materials, and three historic houses, including Joseph Lloyd Manor. She has held positions at the Museum of the City of New York and the New-York Historical Society. Lauren holds a B.A. in History and Anthropology from the College of William and Mary and an M.A. in American Material Culture with a certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Delaware’s Winterthur Program.

Donnamarie Barnes began working at Sylvester Manor Educational Farm in 2016 as Curator/ Archivist after working for over 30 years in photojournalism as a photo editor. Her ongoing work of conserving the various collections at the Manor, researching and uncovering the lives and identities of the enslaved and indigenous people of Sylvester Manor is an integral part of the organization’s mission to Preserve, Cultivate and Share the stories of all the people of Sylvester Manor.

She has curated the exhibitions, “Women of the Manor,” “A Place in Pictures” and “All That Has Been: Our Roots Revealed.” Her work at Sylvester Manor also includes ongoing photography projects relating to the memory of slavery felt in the landscape.

Dr. Georgette Lovette Grier-Key, who will moderate the discussion, is the executive director and chief curator of Eastville Community Historical Society of Sag Harbor and has worked in various museums, historical societies, and service organizations with a focus on organizational sustainability.

Dr. Grier-Key is a historian, preservationist, and curator, using her skills and experience as an organizer and activist to further the agenda of inclusion in traditional frameworks that have practiced institutional and structural exclusion.

Dr. Grier-Key currently serves on the board of the Museum Association of New York and the board of the Preservation League of New York State. Additionally, Dr. Grier-Key dedicates herself to her community by leading and serving on local and regional boards such as the NAACP Brookhaven Town Branch where she is the duly elected President. Dr. Grier- Key is an adjunct assistant professor at CUNY Medgar Evers College and the director of the Long Island History Institute at SUNY Nassau Community College.

This event is free, but registration is required on Eventbrite.

Beth Young
Beth Young is an award-winning local journalist who has been covering the East End since the 1990s. She began her career at the Sag Harbor Express and, after receiving her Masters from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, has reported for the Southampton Press, the East Hampton Press and the Times/Review Media Group. She founded the East End Beacon website in 2013, and a print edition in 2017. Beth was born and raised on the North Fork. In her spare time, she tinkers with bicycles, tries not to drown in the Peconic Bay and hopes to grow the perfect tomato. You can send her a message at

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