The Scarlet and Black Project aims to shed light on the legacy of slavery and dispossession at Rutgers University.

This Digital Archive serves as a companion to our three books. Learn more about the project and our team.

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Explore our digital exhibits to learn about African American history at Rutgers, from slavery to black student activism in the twentieth century. Exhibit topics include campus buildings named after slaveholders, the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in New Brunswick, and the New Brunswick NAACP's anti-lynching campaign in the 1920s.

Our digital collections also contain a wide range of primary sources about local black history, such as runaway slave ads, birth records of enslaved children in Middlesex County, manumission records, and the records of the Mount Zion AME Church of New Brunswick digitized as part of the Alice Jennings Archibald History Library collection.

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Sketch of the first site of the Mount Zion AME Church of New Brunswick

Marsh, Herbert
1972

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Sketch of the first site of the Mount Zion AME Church of New Brunswick, which was said to resemble a little red schoolhouse. The sketch is by artist…

Alice Jennings Archibald Oral History Interview

Rutgers Oral History Archives
1997-03-14

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Alice Jennings Archibald's oral history interview conducted on March 14, 1997, by G. Kurt Piehler and Eve Snyder in New Brunswick, NJ, for the Rutgers…