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.

Use the Advanced Search function to search our collections or simply type a keyword into the search box at the top of this page.

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Black Observer (Camden, NJ) newspaper issue

1969 approx.

Complete issue of the Black Observer newspaper from Camden, circa fall 1969. The precise date is not printed on the issue. Rutgers-Camden students…

A Plan for an Urban Studies at a Small Urban College

Chaka, Malik

A proposal for creating an Urban Studies program at the College of South Jersey (Rutgers-Camden), prepared for the Black Student Unity Movement by…