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Colonel Erkuries Beatty and the Business of Slavery in Princeton, New Jersey
Erkuries Beatty (1759-1823), the second mayor of the Borough of Princeton, was one of a tight network of local elites who presided over college, church, and borough governance while continuing to benefit financially from slavery during an era of gradual emancipation.
"The Celebrated Alexander Dumas Watkins": Princeton's First Black Instructor
Alexander Dumas Watkins (1855-1903), a self-taught biologist, conducted significant scientific research alongside Princeton University professors from the 1880s until his death in 1903. Despite holding no formal academic position, Watkins worked in Princeton’s laboratories and taught courses as the University’s first black instructor—and the last until the 1950s.
Strategies for Escape: A Study of Fugitive Slave Ads (1770-1819)
Runaway slaves from the Princeton area used sophisticated knowledge of the late-18th and early-19th century’s changing legal and political landscape when they planned their escapes, forcing slave-owners to acknowledge their resourcefulness and determination to liberate themselves.
Marcus Marsh and Benjamin Rush in Philadelphia
When a yellow fever epidemic devastated Philadelphia in 1793, former slave Marcus Marsh—born in Princeton in 1765—remained in the city to treat the sick alongside physician and founding father Benjamin Rush.
Stephen Alexander and Alfred Scudder
Stephen Alexander, Princeton’s first astronomy professor, held moderate antislavery views but denied the equality of black and white Americans. At the same time, he may have employed an African American man named Alfred Scudder as an assistant on campus.
Memorial Plaque at the President's House
In May 2019, Princeton University placed a memorial plaque commemorating the 16 enslaved people who lived and worked on campus on permanent display outside the historic President's House.