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An important portion of the rich history of Princeton’s Historic Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood lies in the memories and family stories of many of its residents. Recognizing the importance of preserving and documenting these recollections, the Arts Council of Princeton has established the Witherspoon-Jackson Neighborhood Stories Project.

neighborhood portrait 2The Project’s purpose is to collect personal stories and create a permanent record and directory that will tie together photographic collections currently housed by the Arts Council, the Princeton Public Library, Paul Robeson House and the Princeton Historical Society. This treasure trove of oral histories and photographic materials will provide scholars, students and history buffs with an original source of material for study, enlightenment or further research. Whether it ultimately is published in book form, becomes a website, inspires a video documentary or becomes the subject of a senior paper or school project, its value to the preservation of the history of Princeton is immeasurable. Supported by a grant from the New Jersey Council on the Humanities, the Arts Council is planning a series of events to raise awareness and begin the process of collecting stories.



Past Events

A Discussion with Former and Current Elected Officials
Princeton Public Library
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
Current and Former African-American Officials Discuss Experiences at Library Panel Discussion, Town Topics

Princeton Safe Streets Weekend
Various Locations in Princeton
August 13-16, 2015
Keeping Princeton’s Streets Safe, Centraljersey.com
W-J Neighborhood Wants to Maintain Heritage, Diversity & Affordability, Centraljersey.com

Joint Effort Safe Streets Collage Photo Exhibit by Romus Broadway
Paul Robeson Center for the Arts
Thursday, August 13, 2015

Commemorating Paul Robeson’s Birthday
Paul Robeson center for the Arts
Saturday, April 9, 3-5 pm

Selma film screening
Princeton Garden Theater
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Presentation and Discussion
Robeson Center for the Arts
Sunday, February 22, 2015

Story Slam!
All were invited to share a story, poem or song about the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood or Women’s History Month (time permitting) along with invited speakers Dr. Cecelia Hodges, PHS’s poetry group and several other neighborhood residents
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Tallest Tree in the Forest
in celebration of Paul Robeson’s birthday
BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music)
Brooklyn, NY
March 22 – 29, 2015