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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.
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.
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.
Peter Scudder rose from humble beginnings to become a successful businessman and a notable member of the free black community in Princeton.
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.
"Negro Man" to be sold by Cezar Trent
Advertisement for the sale of an enslaved man belonging to Cezar Trent, a prominent member of the black community in Princeton.
"Negro Boy" to be sold by Thomas Wiggins
Newspaper advertisement for a slave sale.
Lindor and "Young Mulatto Girl"
Newspaper advertisement for two runaway slaves