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The Civil War Comes to Princeton in 1861
Tensions between Unionist and Secessionist students reached their peak in 1861, shortly after the outbreak of the Civil War.
A Southern Woman in "Negro Town"
On an 1855 trip to Princeton, Louisianan Ann Maria Davison visited fourteen homes in the town’s black neighborhood. Davison’s observations convinced her that Princeton’s free black residents were intelligent and hard-working people fully capable of supporting themselves and their families—a position that contradicted common arguments in favor of slavery.
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.
White Supremacy at the Commencement of 1836
Princeton student Thomas Ancrum attacked black abolitionist minister Theodore Wright during the commencement of 1836. The incident exposed the commitment to white supremacy among college students and officials.
Princeton Students Attempt to Lynch an Abolitionist
In September 1835, a crowd of students descended on Princeton’s African American neighborhood to apprehend an abolitionist. The assault underscored the presence on campus of a large number of students committed to slavery and white supremacy.
James C. Johnson circa 1861
Photograph of James Collins Johnson, campus vendor and former fugitive slave.
Student Exodus of 1861
A list of southern students excused from school due to the outbreak of the Civil War.
Land Grant Certificate for James Holcomb Muse
This certificate details the land purchased by James H. Muse in Louisiana in 1861.
Autograph Book Entry by Henry Stinnecke
Autograph book entry from Henry Stinnecke to Winfield Purviance ('1861).
Autograph Book Entry by Samuel Comfort
Autograph book entry from Samuel Comfort to Winfield Purviance ('1861).