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Exhibit: “A Prologue to the Chapters that Follow”: Princeton and Paul Robeson

April 5, 2023 - April 30, 2023


Paul Robeson and Christine Moore Howell

Today, Princeton celebrates Paul Robeson – the noted actor, athlete, scholar, and activist – as its “native son,” but in his writings, Robeson was often resentful towards the segregated Princeton of his childhood. The love and support he received from the town’s Black community, however, shone through – despite his complex relationship with the town – and remained a guiding force throughout his life.

This exhibition, developed in partnership with the Historical Society of Princeton, the Princeton Public Library, the Witherspoon-Jackson Historical & Cultural Society, and the Paul Robeson House of Princeton, uses Robeson’s own words to examine both sides of the Robeson-Princeton relationship and its evolution throughout his life.

Official opening on April 8th.

Exhibit location: Princeton Room


Princeton Public Library
65 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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