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Princeton and South Carolina
Princeton alumni from South Carolina owned successful plantations, large numbers of slaves, and served as leaders in the Confederate cause during the Civil War.
Of Princeton's more than 160 endowed professorships and lectureships, four honor men who derived their fortunes from slave labor or contributed to the legacy of slavery in New Jersey and the United States.
Princeton and Mississippi
Princeton students and their families lived in the Mississippi area decades before statehood in 1817. From the 1790s to the Civil War, Mississippians at the College of New Jersey came from elite families who built their wealth on cotton and slave labor.
Henry Kollock (1778-1819) was a Princeton professor, pastor, and slave owner. He appeared in the first fugitive slave narrative: Life of William Grimes, a Runaway Slave.
Cezar Trent, one of the elite free Black citizens of antebellum Princeton, was the employee of a prominent landowner, the object of a town resident's published recollections, and a slave owner himself.
Mariano Rolando to Moses Taylor & Co.
A letter that reveals the close relationship between the firm of Moses Taylor and its suppliers in Cuba.
F.G. Rolando to Moses Taylor & Co.
A letter from F.G. Rolando, a Cuban supplier, to the firm of Moses Taylor & Co.
Order from Tomás Terry
An order from Tomás Terry for two cargo ships.
New-Orleans Wholesale Prices Current
A list of current wholesale prices that Moses Taylor & Co. received from New Orleans.
Letter from Sarah Gibbes to John Gibbes
A letter from Sarah Gibbes to her son John Gibbes (Class of 1784) in which she encourages him to maintain ties to the Boudinots and Stocktons, wealthy New Jersey families.
Toni Morrison to Deliver Keynote Address for Symposium
Nobel Prize Laureate Toni Morrison will deliver the keynote address for the Princeton & Slavery Symposium on Friday, November 17.
Princeton & Slavery Project Digs Deep into Town’s Past
Town Topics, 10/11/2017
Project explores Princeton's connection with slavery.
Princeton Public Library to Host Author Sharon Draper on October 24th
Sharon Draper will discuss her historic novel Copper Sun.
New Work by American Artist Titus Kaphar to Be Unveiled November 8th
Princeton University Art Museum Press Release, 10/12/2017
A new sculpture by leading American artist Titus Kaphar will be installed in front of Princeton University’s Maclean House.
McCarter Theater Hosts Play Readings for the Princeton & Slavery Project
Princeton Packet / CentralJersey.com, 9/29/2017
A series of commissioned plays help bring the Princeton & Slavery Project’s findings to a broad public audience.
The Princeton & Slavery Symposium
The Princeton & Slavery Project will celebrate its public launch November 17-18 with a scholarly symposium.
Author Talk: Sharon Draper
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Princeton Public Library
Artist Talk: Titus Kaphar
Thursday, November 16, 2017
McCosh 10, Princeton University
Princeton & Slavery Exhibit, Princeton Public Library
Discover more about Princeton’s ties to slavery by visiting the Princeton & Slavery Library Exhibit (October 17 – December 15).
Open Archives: Princeton & Slavery Library Exhibit
Monday, October 30, 2017
Princeton Public Library
Looking Back: Reflections of Black Princeton Alumni
Looking Back: Reflections of Black Princeton Alumni is a 75 minute documentary written and edited by Melvin McCray (Class of 1974) and produced by McCray and Calvin Norman (Class of 1977) on the occasion of Princeton University’s 250th anniversary in 1996.
Destiny Salter (Class of 2020)
A Princeton & Slavery Oral History by Christo Ritter (Class of 2020), produced in conjunction with the freshman seminar Princeton, Slavery and Historical Memory (Fall 2016).
Kim Pearson (Class of 1978)
A Princeton & Slavery Oral History by Eli Berman (Class of 2020), produced in conjunction with the freshman seminar Princeton, Slavery and Historical Memory (Fall 2016).
John Roderick Heller III (Class of 1959)
A Princeton & Slavery Oral History by Natalie Nagorski (Class of 2020), produced in conjunction with the freshman seminar Princeton, Slavery and Historical Memory (Fall 2016).
Facing Slavery: Princeton Family Stories
Facing Slavery: Princeton Family Stories is a 55 minute documentary written and edited by Melvin McCray (Class of 1974) and produced by McCray and Martha A. Sandweiss on the occasion of the Princeton & Slavery Project symposium in November 2017.
Princeton, Slavery & Me
Students from Brian Herrera's course "Autobiographical Storytelling: Princeton, Slavery & Me," performing at the Arts Council of Princeton Community Stage.
Impressions of Liberty
Artist Titus Kaphar's art installation, Impressions of Liberty, on display outside the Maclean House on the Princeton University campus in November and December 2017.
Toni Morrison Keynote
Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison's keynote speech and conversation with Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith at the Princeton & Slavery Symposium in November 2017.
Panel 1 - Princeton & Slavery Project Symposium
"Some of What We've Learned," a panel presentation at the Princeton & Slavery Project Symposium in November 2017.
Panel 2 - Princeton & Slavery Project Symposium
"How the Princeton & Slavery Project Shapes Our Broader Understanding of Universities and Slavery," a panel presentation at the Princeton & Slavery Project Symposium in November 2017.