The Princeton Plan: 70 Years of School Integration

IMAGE: Witherspoon School students, 1922-1933. Historical Society of Princeton. Gift of Shirley Satterfield

Location: Princeton Room

Date: October 2-December 21

2018 marks 70 years since Princeton Borough integrated its schools using what has become known as “the Princeton Plan for School Reorganization” in 1948. Under the Princeton Plan, the all-white Nassau Street School became the Borough’s sole integrated elementary school, while the African-American Witherspoon School for Colored Children was converted into an integrated middle school. This exhibit, presented in partnership with the Historical Society of Princeton and the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society, explores the local impact and national reverberations of this merger through historic photographs and documents.

Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.