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Talk: “Betsey Stockton: Researching the Biography of a Princeton Slave, Educator, and Missionary”

January 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Local historian and retired educator Connie Escher discusses her expanded research on the life of Betsey Stockton, conducted since an article outlining her original findings about the African-American teacher and missionary was published in 1991. Born into slavery around 1798, Stockton was given by her owner to his daughter upon the daughter’s marriage to Ashbel Green, president of the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University). Stockton was freed in 1817, the same year she became a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Princeton, and remained as a paid domestic servant with the Green family while also becoming a missionary and teacher. Escher, who has lived in Princeton since 1969, recently retired after teaching history for 26 years in the Princeton Public Schools. Newsroom


This program is presented with support  from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


January 29
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, 08542 United States
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