Community Discussion Regarding Name of John Witherspoon Middle School

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More than 100 people attended the July 23rd morning meeting of the Princeton Board of Education Policy Committee about a possible name change for John Witherspoon Middle School, with students, teachers, and community members voicing their opinions and concerns.  Shirley Satterfield, Princeton native, historian of the town’s African American community, and Not in Our Town Princeton board member provided historical information and insight, particularly about Elizabeth “Betsey” Stockton, whose name she proposed to substitute for John Witherspoon’s.

To watch the video of the Zoom meeting and listen to comments from the public as well as teachers, students and alumni of JW, please click here. (1 3/4 hours)

If you would like to see the video, Princeton Plan: 50 Years and hear what it was like to attend the newly integrated Princeton schools please click here. (22 minutes)

Here’s a link to a more detailed history from the Princeton and Slavery website.

If you would like to read the “chat” from the Zoom meeting, please click here.

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