Princeton’s historic Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood is so named for Witherspoon and Jackson Street, its east and south boundaries. Jackson Street was renamed Paul Robeson Place upon his death and in his honor in 1976. When the Arts Council of Princeton renovated and reopened the building at the intersection of Witherspoon Street and Robeson Place on June 5, 2008 (see article), it was christened the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts, another honor to the life and contributions of Paul Robeson and the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood of his childhood home.

Dave Haneman, Jeff Nathanson, Wendy Mager, Michael Graves, Anne Reeves, Paul Robeson, Jr., Mrs. Robeson, Phyllis Marchand

Dave Haneman, Jeff Nathanson, Wendy Mager, Michael Graves, Anne Reeves, Paul Robeson, Jr., Mrs. Robeson and Phyllis Marchand at the 2008 ribbon-cutting of the new Paul Robeson Center for the Arts

RobesonchildhoodhomeRobeson’s childhood home is next to the Paul Robeson Center for the Arts in the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood.

Bust of Robeson by Jacob Epstein.

Bust of Robeson by Jacob Epstein.