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"A Visit to the Colored People of Princeton"
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"A Visit to the Colored People of Princeton"

May 1855 Antebellum (1820-1861)

Ann Maria Davison, a visitor from New Orleans, provided a detailed picture of Princeton's black community in 1855.

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Ann Maria Davison Papers, 1814-1861, MC 234, folder 22, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA.

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I have been frequently in Princeton and always remarked the black people that seem’d to cluster around the College; wait in public houses &c- I inquired about the manner of their living– in what way they supported themselves, and what were their character generally? The answers were from Students and
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