: Hello Researchers: I found this site about the presence of African
: Americans in Princeton.
This is a very good site for the Town of Princeton! However it made no mention of African Americans who attended and graduated from the University.
When John Witherspoon, a Scottish Evangelical Presbyterian Minister accepted the post,in 1768, as the new president of Princeton College,he set out to make Princeton not only the best college in the colonies, but in the entire British world. The model he chose was his own alma mater, the University of Edinburgh.
He wanted Princeton to be as "inclusive" as possible. Princeton drew students from all over the colonies and he encouraged non -presbyterians to attend,such as the Episcopalian Virginian James Madison. He also recruited Native American and African American students, such as the future teacher and minister John Chavis, from Mecklenburg County, Virginia and later established a "well known school" near Raleigh, North Carolina.