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Princeton's Slaveholding Professors
Many faculty members at the College of New Jersey owned slaves during the first century of the college’s history.
Fundraising for Nassau Hall
Many of the donors and fundraisers who contributed to the construction of Nassau Hall had substantial personal, familial, or business ties to slavery and the slave trade.
Princeton and Slavery: Holding the Center
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.
Princeton and the Colonization Movement
Founded and supported by 19th-century Princeton alumni, the American Colonization Society promoted the repatriation of freed slaves to a colony in Africa. Ultimately, however, colonization was more of an intellectual movement for moderately antislavery whites than a practical option for free Black people.
John Witherspoon (1723-1794), Princeton’s sixth president and founding father of the United States, had a complex relationship to slavery. Though he advocated revolutionary ideals of liberty and personally tutored several free Africans and African Americans in Princeton, he himself owned enslaved people and both lectured and voted against the abolition of slavery in New Jersey.
Manumission Papers for Will
1796 manumission papers for Will, a slave bound in service to trustee Charles Ewing's family.
Land Grant Certificate for James Holcomb Muse
This certificate details the land purchased by James H. Muse in Louisiana in 1861.
Advertisement for a runaway slave.