Princeton & Slavery Project Confronts the University’s Connections to Slavery
What began as a scholarly investigation into Princeton University’s connection to American slavery became a very public discussion when the Princeton & Slavery Project launched a series of public events, including a symposium, a series of plays, art installations, and community conversations.
The Princeton & Slavery Project, now in its fifth year, is led by Princeton history professor Martha A. Sandweiss and includes three dozen undergraduates, graduate students, and other scholars exploring Princeton’s historical connections to slavery.
“On our campus — where the Continental Congress met, where the patriots won a victory against the British — human beings were enslaved,” Sandweiss recently told Princeton Alumni Weekly. “That’s the story of American liberty and freedom. Slavery was a part of it, and that’s true on our campus also. We are deeply and quintessentially American in that respect.”