The Scarlet and Black Project aims to shed light on the legacy of slavery and dispossession at Rutgers University.
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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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Senior photo of Julia E. Baxter (later known as Julia Baxter Bates) printed in the 1938 Quair yearbook.
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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 proposal for creating an Urban Studies program at the College of South Jersey (Rutgers-Camden), prepared for the Black Student Unity Movement by…
This collection consists of New Jersey newspaper clippings from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century, including runaway ads, slave sale…
In 1892, James Dickson Carr became the first black man to graduate from Rutgers University. Over the course of the...