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Challenging Slavery and Its Legacies in Princeton

November 29, 2017, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Slavery has permeated the history of this country, in Princeton as elsewhere, but it also has faced significant opposition. Many residents of Princeton’s black neighborhood, including the Witherspoon Presbyterian Street Church’s long time minister, Rev. William Robeson, who escaped from slavery as a youth, actively resisted Jim Crow segregation. Years later, long time Princeton resident and scientist Albert Einstein joined Rev. Robeson’s son and Princeton native, Paul Robeson, in leading a crusade to end lynching and stand against McCarthyism. Through the years and still today, Princeton’s African American residents have continued to work for civil rights and combat racism in the schools, housing, police, and justice system. As part of the Princeton & Slavery project, Witherspoon residents will join panelists Rodger Taylor, Fred Jerome, and Kitsi Watterson, to read excerpts from both of their books–Einstein on Race and Racism, and I Hear My People Singing: Voices of African American Princeton.  

Co-sponsored by the Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding

Event Location: Carl A. Fields Center for Equality and Cultural Understanding at Princeton University at 58 Prospect Avenue, Princeton.


Light dinner will be served.

Registration has closed for this event (so we can print the list) If you have questions please feel free to email kdorman@princetonlibrary.org.

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Learn more about the Princeton & Slavery project and explore all the activities taking place around town. #PrincetonandSlavery

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.


November 29, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm