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Of Princeton's more than 160 endowed professorships and lectureships, four honor men who derived their fortunes from slave labor or contributed to the legacy of slavery in New Jersey and the United States.
Princeton and Mississippi
Princeton students and their families lived in the Mississippi area decades before statehood in 1817. From the 1790s to the Civil War, Mississippians at the College of New Jersey came from elite families who built their wealth on cotton and slave labor.
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.
Princeton and the New Jersey Colonization Society
More than half of the officers and founding members of the New Jersey Colonization Society were Princeton affiliates.
Princeton in the Newspapers
News about the College of New Jersey and its students—including their connections to the South—spread across the country through multiple forms of print media.
Thomas Osburn (alias Thomas Hardsburn)
Newspaper advertisement for a runaway servant
A newspaper notice announcing the establishment of the College of New Jersey in 1746.
"A Negro fellow, Cuff"
Advertisement for an enslaved man who ran away after attacking his master.
"New Jersey. Princeton Academy"
An announcement of the opening of Princeton Academy in 1795.
Burning a Fugitive Slave
A letter from Princeton, dated 28 October 28 1767, describing the burning of fugitive slave Cuff.
At Princeton, Titus Kaphar Reckons with the University’s History of Slavery
Kaphar’s sculpture Impressions of Liberty, which was commissioned by the Princeton University Art Museum, is “a monument to the memory of the enslaved.”