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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.
Bruce Wright’s Exclusion from Princeton University
Bruce Wright, future member of the New York Supreme Court, was accepted into Princeton in the mid-1930s. His offer of admission was revoked when he arrived on campus and administrators learned that he was African American.
"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.
The Minstrel Tradition at Princeton University
Princeton students performed in blackface in the 19th and 20th centuries, until as late as 1949. The legacy of Princeton’s minstrel traditions continues to live on in American culture through the popular folk song “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad.”
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.
"Nights of the Nightshirt at Princeton"
Photograph of members of the Princeton Class of 1920 dressed in Ku Klux Klan robes at the University's 1924 Reunions celebration.
View of South Street, from Maiden Lane, New York City
An 1827 watercolor depiction of South Street, New York City, where Moses Taylor launched his commission business in the spring of 1832.
"Biology At Avon-By-The-Sea"
Article from the New York Tribune describing the "Seaside Assembly," where Alexander Dumas Watkins worked alongside Princeton professor George Macloskie.
"Princeton Men Won Sheepskins By Negro's Aid"
1938 article describing Alexander Dumas Watkins's role as a Princeton instructor.
Clara Voorhees Obiturary
New York Times obituary for Clara Voorhees, a former slave and longtime chef at Princeton.
Princeton Digs Deep into Its Fraught Racial History
The New York Times, 11/6/17
Princeton University has a long history connected to slavery, which has remained hidden until now.
Princeton to Name Two Campus Spaces in Honor of Slaves
The New York Times, 4/17/18
Five months after the release of sweeping research into its deep historical connections with slavery Princeton University announced on Tuesday that it would name two prominent spaces in honor of enslaved people who lived or worked on its campus.
Slavery and the American University
The New York Review of Books, 2/7/18
From their very beginnings, the American university and American slavery have been intertwined, but only recently are we beginning to understand how deeply.
The Princeton & Slavery Project Mentioned on Legal History Blog’s “Weekend Roundup”
Legal History Blog, 11/11/17
Putting the Ghosts of Princeton’s Racial Past Onstage
The New York Times, 11/6/17
The voices of enslaved people can be hard to hear in the archives. But they are front and center in the Princeton & Slavery Plays, a suite of seven 10-minute works that will have their premieres at the McCarter Theater on Nov. 18 and 19.
Princeton & Slavery: A Paradox of American History
Thursday, May 3
6:30 pm Reception; 7 pm Presentation and Discussion
Princeton Club of NY (15 West 43rd St.)
The Princeton & Slavery Project: What We Learned and How We Learned It
Saturday, June 2
8:45 to 10 am
McCormick Hall, Room 106