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Princeton Historically Black Town ~Paul Robeson Esq. & Albert Anti- Lynching

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Princeton, NJ is known for Michele Obama's Alma mater Princeton University but very few are aware of the fact that Princeton also has a historical black section. Former African American Mayor, Mr. Floyd will teach us more about The Witherspoon Street community. This area is named after the founder of the community's First Black church, The Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church. Paul Robeson's Father, a freed black was it's minister and it's First Black Missionary, Betsey Stockton was also the founder of it's Sunday School. Paul Robeson a scholar, Rutgers University Valedictorian, lawyer and a linguistic genius; as an actor he performed in 25 different languages- is Princeton's proud native son.

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As a political activist, Robeson and his neighbor, fellow Princetonian, Albert Einstein led a march to President Truman's office to campaign for the passage of anti-Lynching legislation. To learn more, view the YouTube video at the bottom of this page.