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Between 1746 and 1865, about 40% of Princeton students arrived from the slaveholding South. As college leaders recruited elite southerners, enrollment tracked the geographical spread of the slave economy.
The Alumni Subscription Campaign of 1853
In 1835, the Alumni Association of Nassau Hall responded to financial crisis with a fundraising campaign among Princeton alumni. Many of the donors who responded were southerners with ties to slavery.
Joseph Clark in Virginia (1802-1803)
After a fire destroyed Nassau Hall in 1802, Princeton alumnus Joseph Clark canvassed Virginia on a nine-month fundraising mission. Throughout the trip, Clark relied on the hospitality and financial contributions of fellow Princeton alumni and their connections among Virginia’s slave-owning elite.
James Moore Wayne
James Moore Wayne (1790-1867), a Princeton graduate from Georgia, personally owned slaves and served on the Supreme Court that denied African Americans citizenship in the 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford case. Yet he remained a strong Unionist during the Civil War, embodying the dissonant relationship between slavery and liberty in the United States.
Thomas Carter Ruffin
Thomas Carter Ruffin, Princeton alumnus and later Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court, propounded the legal doctrine of slave-owners’ absolute power over their human property in the 1829 case State v. Mann.
Slave Population of the Southern States in 1860
A map showing the distribution of the slave population of the southern states, compiled from the census of 1860.
Land Grant Certificate for James Holcomb Muse
This certificate details the land purchased by James H. Muse in Louisiana in 1861.
Port of Savannah
A View of the Port of Savannah in 1734.
Portrait of John Potter (1765-1849), a Southern slaveholder who purchased the Prospect estate in 1824.
Catherine Fuller Potter
Portrait of Catherine Fuller Potter (1770-1848), member of a prominent slaveholding family in South Carolina.
Princeton to Air Out Its Legacy of Slavery
Princeton University investigates its past with launch of the Princeton & Slavery Project website and a 4-day symposium.