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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.
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.
Slavery and the 1820 Trustees
As the institution of slavery slowly declined in 18th and 19th-century New Jersey, the Trustees of 1820 reflected the changing face of pro- and antislavery thought in the state—variously owning slaves, supporting gradual emancipation or African colonization, and advocating for immediate abolition.
Prospect Farm, today part of Princeton’s central campus, was worked by enslaved people in the 18th and 19th centuries. Prospect House was built in 1851 with money derived from slave labor on southern rice plantations.
Princeton in the West Indies
Under the leadership of President Witherspoon, the College of New Jersey launched an ill-fated campaign to secure donations from slaveholding planter elites in the West Indies.
Runaway advertisement placed by trustee Robert Lenox for the return of his slave Abraham Sherrit.
"A serious rebellion"
A response to the 1817 riots at the College of New Jersey, printed in a Connecticut paper.
"A very serious rebellion"
A response to the 1817 riots printed in a Lexington, KY newspaper.
"Rebellion at Princeton"
A letter from Princeton detailing the 1817 riots, published in an Alexandria newspaper.
Letter from Ashbel Green
A letter in Ashbel Green's name rebutting the stories of the riots at Princeton.