About the Project
Princeton University, founded as the College of New Jersey in 1746, exemplifies the central paradox of American history. From the start, liberty and slavery were intertwined. The Princeton and Slavery Project investigates the University’s involvement with the institution of slavery. We invite you to explore the many stories and sources included here and to contact us with research, stories, and ideas of your own.
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News & Events
The Daily Princetonian, 4/3/19
A group of students at the Princeton Theological Seminary is demanding that the institution pay reparations in response to a report it published last year, which details its historical connections to slavery.
Monday, April 8 and Tuesday, April 9
Princeton Theological Seminary
Princeton Alumni Weekly, 3/20/19
Emily Mann, playwright and artistic director, discusses her nearly three decades at the helm of McCarter Theatre Center as well as collaborations with Princeton University and the Princeton & Slavery Project.
The New York Times, 11/6/17
Princeton University has a long history connected to slavery, which has remained hidden until now.
Betsey Stockton (1798?-1865), a former slave of Princeton president Ashbel Green, became a prominent and respected educator in Princeton, Philadelphia, and the Sandwich Islands (present-day Hawaii).
James Collins Johnson: The Princeton Fugitive Slave
James Collins Johnson, a fugitive slave freed after an 1843 trial in Princeton, became a prominent figure in town and on campus over the course of his many decades working at the College of New Jersey.
The Princeton & Slavery Plays, Part II: The Torch
Interviews and clips from "The Torch," by Nathan Alan Davis, which premiered at the McCarter Theatre in November 2017 as part of the Princeton & Slavery Project Symposium.
Estate Inventory of John Maclean Sr.
Inventory from the estate of John Maclean Sr., listing two slaves, a "Negro Girl Sal" and "Negro Boy Charles."