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Heritage Tour Plaque Unveiling
December 11, 2021 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Heritage Tour Plaques to be Unveiled in Princeton’s Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood.
Plaques will be unveiled on a special walking tour Saturday, December 11, 12-3pm
BEGIN: Hinds Plaza (Princeton Public Library)
END: Reception at Studio Hillier (190 Witherspoon Street)
Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society (WJHCS) announced the placement of twenty-nine Heritage Tour plaques in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood, Princeton’s 20th Historic District. Since the early 19th century, Princeton’s original African American residents occupied this segregated district as a proud, self-sufficient and self-sustaining community.
The history of these twenty-nine locations in and around the neighborhood was prepared by Ms. Shirley A. Satterfield, Princeton’s Historian of African American life. To learn more about the history of African Americans in Princeton, visit: princetonwjhcs.org
The plaque was designed in collaboration with Studio Hillier. Its logo is based on an initial concept sketch by J. Robert Hillier. Each plaque is sponsored by an individual, family, or organization, and the sponsors’ names are printed at the bottom of each plaque.
These plaques will enable anyone living in or visiting Princeton to take a self-guided walking tour of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood and learn the story of these places and the African American residents who populated them. An audio listening tour will be available in 2022 through the website (princetonwjhcs.org) with Shirley Satterfield as your personal tour guide!
Each plaque will be unveiled during an outdoor walk along the Heritage Tour, accompanied by brief remarks and acknowledgements. Everyone is invited to join this special outdoor WJHCS event!