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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 His offer of admission was revoked when he arrived on campus and administrators learned that he was African American.
Integrating Princeton University: Robert Joseph Rivers
Robert Joseph Rivers (class of 1953) was one of Princeton’s first black undergraduate students and one of the first two black members of the Board of Trustees. While in town and on campus, Rivers witnessed firsthand Princeton’s legacy of privileging the comfort of white southern students over racial justice.
The Princeton Plan
In 1948, after a century of segregation, the town of Princeton integrated the white Nassau Street School and the black Witherspoon Street School with a system called the “Princeton Plan.” Contemporary reactions to desegregation revealed Princeton’s racial divisions as well as the black community’s commitment to education.
Samuel Stanhope Smith
Samuel Stanhope Smith, Princeton’s seventh president (1795-1812), was an early defender of the unity of mankind—arguing that environment, not innate biological differences, determined one’s race. His convictions, however, did not prevent him from owning slaves himself, and his teachings ultimately influenced Princeton alumni to establish the American Colonization Society.
Erased Pasts and Altered Legacies: Princeton’s First African American Students
In the late-19th and early-20th centuries, several African American men attended Princeton as graduate students. Princeton president Woodrow Wilson’s administration may have attempted to erase their presence from institutional memory, creating an inaccurate historical justification for excluding black students from the university.
Advertisement urging Princeton residents to vote Republican to support the new state constitution, which prohibited the segregation of public schools.
“White Supremacy at Princeton”
One of a series of Daily Princetonian editorials arguing for the integration of Princeton University.
White Students at the Princeton Grammar School
Photograph of the fourth grade class at the segregated Nassau Street School in the 1910s.
“An Open Letter to the Students of Princeton”
Letter from Andrew Hatcher, a black Princeton resident, regarding the debates over integration on campus.
African American Students at the Witherspoon Street School
Photograph of students at the segregated Witherspoon Street School in the 1920s and 1930s.