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Princeton's Slaveholding Professors
Many faculty members at the College of New Jersey owned slaves during the first century of the college’s history.
The Slaves of John Maclean Sr.
Lydia, Sal, and Charles were enslaved people who lived in early 19th-century Princeton. John Maclean Sr., a Princeton professor and the father of one of the college’s future presidents, owned all three.
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.
Slavery in the Curriculum
John Witherspoon and Samuel Stanhope Smith’s curriculum emphasized Scottish moral philosophy, providing early Princeton students with a new philosophical framework for opposing slavery even as pro-slavery apologists used the same philosophical concepts to defend the practice of owning slaves.
Albert Baldwin Dod (1805-1845) was a Princeton professor and a slaveholder at the time of the 1840 census.
Henry Kollock's Property Record
Professor Henry Kollock’s 1815 Land Tax and Property Record.
Stephen Alexander, who joined the Princeton faculty as an astronomy professor in 1840.
Alexander T. Ormond
Photograph of Professor Alexander T. Ormond, who taught several African American graduate students during the late 19th century.
Subscription to the Princeton Colonization Society
Donations pledged by Princeton faculty members to establish a packet line between Liberia and the United States.
Portrait of Joseph Henry
An early daguerreotype of Professor Joseph Henry.
Princeton Research Project Explores Past Ties to Slavery
Princeton University, 11/6/17
That a slave sale took place on campus and that the first nine Princeton presidents were slaveholders at some point in their lives are two of the major findings from a sweeping new endeavor by Princeton scholars and students to explore the ties of early University trustees, presidents, faculty and students to the institution of slavery.
Princeton University Launches Princeton & Slavery Website
The Daily Princetonian, 11/6/17
The Princeton & Slavery Project explores how early University trustees, faculty, and students were connected to the institution of slavery.
A Slave Auction, Slave-Owning Presidents: Princeton University Unveils a Dark Past
The project sheds light on how slavery was a part of daily life for early Princeton faculty and students.
Princeton & Slavery Project Launched with Princeton University Humanities Council Support
Princeton University Humanities Council, 11/6/17
The Princeton & Slavery Project developed from a small undergraduate research seminar supported by a Humanities Council David A. Gardner ’69 Magic Grant.
Princeton Confronts Its Slave-Owning Past with an 'Anti-Monument'
The Huffington Post, 11/28/17
Titus Kaphar's work for the Princeton & Slavery Project tells a story of buried history.
Making History Visible: Faculty Roundtable on Art and Visualizing the American Nation
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 2 PM
McCormick 101, Princeton University
Tune Every Heart: The Princeton & Slavery Project in Song
Saturday, January 13, 2018
1 pm and 5 pm
Faculty Room, Nassau Hall, Princeton University Campus
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Tune Every Heart
Students from the Lewis Center's Atelier Program rehearse "Tune Every Heart," an original musical theater performance inspired by the Princeton & Slavery Project, in January 2018.