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Black History & Culture

Did you know that New Jersey was the LAST state to abolish slavery in the Northeast? Or that slaves, farmers, business owners, and veterans of every war – American Revolution, Civil War, WWI, WWII, the Korean War and Viet Nam – are buried in the Stoutsburg Cemetery, and some of their progeny still reside in the Sourland region? Welcome to POL’S newest guide celebrating Black History in the Princeton area. Black culture is rich in history in our area and a crucial part of our future.

“Black history is American history, and I encourage people of all ages to discover and learn about our differences while recognizing our harmony.” Mercer County Executive Brian M. Hughes

Albert E. Hinds Memorial Walking Tour: African American Life in Princeton



Experience a one of a kind tour of the historic Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood that gives you the history below Nassau Street. Learn about the “Princeton Plan” that desegregated schools at the site of the Witherspoon Street School for Colored Children; hear about the life of Paul Robeson at his birthplace; and visit Birch Avenue, where many houses were moved when the establishment of Palmer Square demolished much of the historic Black neighborhood across from the University.

Black Past



BlackPast is dedicated to providing a global audience with reliable and accurate information on the history of African America and of people of African ancestry around the world. We aim to promote greater understanding through this knowledge to generate constructive change in our society.

Historical Society of Princeton


609-921-6748

The mission of the Historical Society of Princeton is to collect and preserve materials pertaining to the town and its environs, and to interpret the history of the area through exhibitions, educational programs, and publications. Since its founding in 1938, the Historical Society has amassed, recorded, and exhibited a collection of over 40,000 artifacts, manuscripts, photographs, decorative arts objects, artworks, and articles of clothing dating from the 17th century to the present, and has offered a broad range of educational services and activities to local residents, students, scholars, and visitors from around the world. Walking tours, lectures, out-of-town trips, education programs for schools: the Historical Society presents these programs and more throughout the year. Every Sunday at 2pm, come join a guided walking tour of downtown Princeton and learn all about Princeton’s people, its architecture, and historical moments from an HSP-trained guide.

I Am Trenton Community Foundation


515-674-2127


I Am Trenton Community Foundation was founded with the understanding that each and every individual who lives, works, learns and plays in Trenton can contribute to the city. We are governed by a diverse, all-volunteer board of trustees committed to the mission of making Trenton even better through community engagement, building pride in our city and community-focused giving. Our name reflects a pride of ownership and membership in our unique urban community.

Museums in Motion


205-382-3097


Museums in Motion is a traveling African American 3-D history museum. It was founded in 2016 by Mrs. Kayren Carter-Mjumbe, a native of Birmingham, Alabama. Our organization offers prolific and engaging exhibits on legendary and unknown African Americans. Museums in Motion rotate our exhibits to school districts, libraries, cultural events and more within the United States and abroad. We pride ourselves on creativity, accuracy and providing a truly unique educational experience. Our exhibits give new meaning to the term “spectacular”.

National Museum of African American History & Culture


844-750-3012


The National Museum of African American History and Culture is the only national museum devoted exclusively to the documentation of African American life, history, and culture. It was established by Act of Congress in 2003, following decades of efforts to promote and highlight the contributions of African Americans. To date, the Museum has collected more than 36,000 artifacts and nearly 100,000 individuals have become members. The Museum opened to the public on September 24, 2016, as the 19th and newest museum of the Smithsonian Institution.

Not In Our Town Princeton



NOT IN OUR TOWN PRINCETON is a multi-racial, multi-faith group of individuals who stand together for racial justice and inclusive communities. Our focus is to promote the equitable treatment of all, and to uncover and confront white supremacy— the system that facilitates the preference, privilege and power of white people at the expense of non-white people and pits racial and ethnic groups against each other by upholding a hierarchy based on proximity to whiteness. Our goal is to identify and expose the political, economic, and cultural systems which have enabled white supremacy to flourish, and to create new structures and policies which will ensure equity and inclusion for all. In our commitment to uncovering the blight of white supremacy on our humanity, we take responsibility to address it and eliminate it in all its forms through intentional action, starting with ourselves and our communities.

Old Barracks Museum


609-396-1776

Visitors enjoy many exhibits and activities recalling military life before and during the Battle of Trenton.The Museum offers great services for families throughout the year. From military re-enactments and family workshops to concerts, lectures, and even Summer History Day Camp for the kids, the Old Barracks is an invaluable educational resource. Open daily 10-5pm.

Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum (SSAAM)


609 309-5155


The mission of the Stoutsburg Sourland African American Museum is to tell the story of the unique culture, experiences, and contributions of the African American community of the Sourland Mountain Region.

The African American Cultural Collaborative of Mercer County (TAACC)


609-474-4073


Our Culture shapes and molds the way we think, approach life and understand the world.Culture impacts all aspect of our lives; values, concerns, hopes, and future outlook. TAACC Educates, Empowers, and Unites Africans in the diaspora through cultural arts, health and wellness, entertainment, and sports. We strive to educate the community on the African diaspora with the inclusion of people from all racial backgrounds. This collaboration presents genuine opportunities to solidify community relations and celebrate our rich history and heritage at multiple venues.

The Princeton & Slavery Project



Princeton University, founded as the College of New Jersey in 1746, exemplifies the central paradox of American history. From the start, liberty and slavery were intertwined. The Princeton and Slavery Project investigates the University’s involvement with the institution of slavery. We invite you to explore the many stories and sources included here and to contact us with research, stories, and ideas of your own.

The Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society


609-688-9999


The Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the research, preservation, understanding, appreciation and celebration of the rich and proud history of African-Americans in Princeton, New Jersey.