James Collins Johnson: The Princeton Fugitive Slave
James Collins Johnson, a fugitive slave freed after an 1843 trial in Princeton, became a prominent figure in town and on campus over the course of his many decades working at the College of New Jersey.
This material is an overview of a forthcoming book by the same author and was written for the Princeton and 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.
Princeton and Slavery
Lolita Buckner Inniss, “James Collins Johnson: The Princeton Fugitive Slave”, PRINCETON AND SLAVERY (2017), available at https://slavery.princeton.edu/stories/james-collins-johnson, archived at https://perma.cc/KM9A-9VAU.