30Results for "New Jersey Gazette"
The Manumission of Prime
In 1786, an enslaved man named Prime became one of only three enslaved people to be manumitted by act of the New Jersey legislature in exchange for his service during the Revolutionary War.
Cezar Trent, one of the elite free black citizens of antebellum Princeton, was the employee of a prominent landowner, the object of a town resident's published recollections, and a slave owner.
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.
Princeton’s Fugitive Slaves
Princeton residents published at least 28 newspaper advertisements for runaway slaves between 1774 and 1818. Each tells a unique story of courage and resistance in the face of tremendous odds.
Escape from Princeton
In 1819, Princeton Mayor Erkuries Beatty engaged a recent College of New Jersey graduate to recapture his runaway slave, Joe. The incident underscores the terror and uncertainty of enslavement in central Jersey.
An ad to sell a slave placed by Samuel Stanhope Smith in 1784.
Newspaper advertisement for a stolen horse, believed to have been taken by a runaway slave.
"Negro Wench" to be sold by Thomas Wiggins
Newspaper advertisement for a slave sale
"One Thousand Dollars Reward" for Caesar
Newspaper advertisement for a runaway slave
"Negro Boy" to be sold by Samuel Stanhope Smith
Newspaper advertisement for a slave sale by Professor Samuel Stanhope Smith