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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.
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.
Although Princeton president Ashbel Green condemned slavery on moral grounds, his religious convictions did not keep him from owning or hiring enslaved people himself—including at least three who lived and worked in his house on campus.
Princeton’s Fugitive Slaves
Princeton residents published at least 28 newspaper advertisements for runaway slaves between 1774 and 1818. Each tells a unique story of courage and resistance in the face of tremendous odds.
Legislating Slavery in New Jersey
The development of New Jersey’s legal code relating to slavery was marked by internal divisions. Ultimately, slavery was not fully abolished in the state until the passage of the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865.
Court Minutes from Furman v. Vanhorne
Minutes from the 1786 court case adjudicating ownership of Prime.
"An Act for setting free Negro Prime"
The 1786 Act passed by the New Jersey legislature freeing the enslaved man Prime for his service during the Revolutionary War.
Prime's Petition for Freedom
Petition submitted to the New Jersey state legislature for Prime's manumission.
Philip Lindsley Portrait
A portrait of Philip Lindsley, acting college president from 1822-1824.