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Princeton’s Founding Trustees
A firm majority of Princeton's founding trustees (sixteen out of twenty-three) bought, sold, traded, or inherited slaves during their lifetimes.
Slavery and the 1820 Trustees
As the institution of slavery slowly declined in 18th and 19th-century New Jersey, the Trustees of 1820 reflected the changing face of pro- and antislavery thought in the state—variously owning slaves, supporting gradual emancipation or African colonization, and advocating for immediate abolition.
Fundraising for Nassau Hall
Many of the donors and fundraisers who contributed to the construction of Nassau Hall had substantial personal, familial, or business ties to slavery and the slave trade.
Moses Taylor Pyne and the Sugar Plantations of the Americas
The financial contributions of Moses Taylor Pyne (class of 1877), one of Princeton's most prominent benefactors, reveal the complex relationship between Princeton, the American sugar trade, and the slave economy.
Presbyterian minister Samuel Finley (1715-1766) was one of the College of New Jersey’s founding trustees and its fifth president. Upon his death in 1766, six of his slaves were sold at the President’s House on campus.
Moses Pyne appointment to the Board of Trustees
A handwritten note from President James McCosh on Moses Taylor Pyne's appointment to the Board of Trustees.
1810 Census Entry for Andrew Bayard
1810 census entry showing trustee Andrew Bayard owning three slaves.
1830 Census Entry for George Spafford Woodhull
1830 Federal Census entry for trustee George Spafford Woodhull.
1830 Census Entry for Andrew Kirkpatrick
1830 Federal Census entry for trustee Andrew Kirkpatrick, owner of one slave.
1800 Federal Census Entry for Robert Lenox
1800 Federal Census entry for trustee Robert Lenox.
Trustees Name Garden for Betsey Stockton, Arch for Jimmy Johnson
The Princeton University trustees have accepted recommendations to name a publicly accessible garden between Firestone Library and Nassau Street for Betsey Stockton and to name the easternmost arch in East Pyne Hall for James Collins “Jimmy” Johnson.
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.
Princeton Will Remove Woodrow Wilson's Name From School
The New York Times, 6/27/20
University trustees concluded that Wilson’s “racist thinking and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for a school or college."
Ceremony Honoring James Johnson Arch Invokes ‘Ancestors Who Can Galvanize Community’
Many Princeton students and others pass through the two arches and courtyard of East Pyne Hall daily, but on Monday afternoon foot traffic — and time — stopped for a special public ceremony to honor James Collins Johnson, a former enslaved man who worked on campus for more than 60 years until his death in 1902.
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.