Princeton University Launches Princeton & Slavery Website
From a 1766 slave sale that took place on campus to the fact that the University’s first nine presidents were slaveholders, the history of the University has been tied to the history of slavery since its beginning. The Princeton & Slavery Project, a large-scale academic and creative endeavor, has been established to explore how early University trustees, faculty, and students were connected to the institution of slavery.
The project comes as many universities are reckoning with pasts closely tied to slavery. Led by History professor Martha Sandweiss, the project’s findings have been published on a website that includes articles, videos, interactive maps and graphs, and hundreds of primary source documents.