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Princeton and the Ku Klux Klan
During the early 1920s, Princeton students came into contact with local members of the Ku Klux Klan. Their interactions with the Klan reveal both curiosity about the organization and anxiety about the following it could develop on university campuses.
William Taylor: Princeton’s Last Independent African American Campus Vendor
William Taylor, a black entrepreneur in Princeton in the first half of the 20th century, was the third and last in a line of independent African American vendors who sold refreshments to students. The nickname students used for Taylor (a racial slur) reflected the casual racism in Princeton was still very much present during the postbellum era, as in the days of the first campus vendor, former fugitive slave James Collins Johnson.
The KKK and Princeton's 1955 Emmett Till Petition
When three Princeton students organized a petition protesting the acquittal of Emmett Till’s murderers in 1955, classmates dressed in KKK robes threatened their lives. Though the campus newspaper and Princeton administration characterized the incident as a “prank,” the event revealed deep divisions on campus over issues of racial justice.
The Princeton Plan
In 1948, after a century of segregation, the town of Princeton integrated the white Nassau Street School and the black Witherspoon Street School with a system called the “Princeton Plan.” Contemporary reactions to desegregation revealed Princeton’s racial divisions as well as the black community’s commitment to education.
Integrating Princeton University: Robert Joseph Rivers
Robert Joseph Rivers (class of 1953) was one of Princeton’s first black undergraduate students and one of the first two black members of the Board of Trustees. While in town and on campus, Rivers witnessed firsthand Princeton’s legacy of privileging the comfort of white southern students over racial justice.
“White Supremacy at Princeton”
One of a series of Daily Princetonian editorials arguing for the integration of Princeton University.
“Reporters View Meeting of Klan from Interior”
Daily Princetonian article describing two students’ visit to a Ku Klux Klan meeting near Princeton.
"What Is Behind the Hood?"
Daily Princetonian editorial condemning the lawlessness of the Ku Klux Klan.
"Ku Klux Invades Princeton"
Daily Princeton article describing the confrontation between Princeton students and Ku Klux Klan members on Nassau Street.
Daily Princetonian article reporting on an undergraduate "prank" where students dressed in KKK robes threatened classmates petitioning the acquittal of Emmett Till's murderers in 1955.
Princeton University Launches Princeton & Slavery Website
The Daily Princetonian, 11/6/17
The Princeton & Slavery Project explores how early University trustees, faculty, and students were connected to the institution of slavery.
Slavery Symposium Panels Discuss Southern Legacy at Princeton University
The Daily Princetonian, 11/20/17
Long known as the “Southern Ivy” or “Southernmost Ivy,” Princeton University’s historical connections to slavery were explored through several panel discussions.
The Daily Princetonian, 11/5/20
Princeton owned up to its past with the Princeton and Slavery project. While acknowledging this past, the University should make an effort to help those directly affected by it.
Toni Morrison Delivers Princeton & Slavery Symposium Keynote Address
The Daily Princetonian, 11/19/17
Morrison joined Tracy K. Smith, director of the University’s creative writing program and U.S. Poet Laureate, to discuss race, justice, and the University’s historical ties to slavery.
Eric Foner and Danielle Allen Discuss Princeton’s Slavery Legacy
The Daily Princetonian, 11/19/17
Symposium panel discussion with Eric Foner and Danielle Allen examines how the Princeton & Slavery Project changes our understanding of American history and poses a challenge to historical commemoration.