Community Calendar

WJHCS Trustees Recent Accomplishments and Honors:


Honoree: Leighton Newlin

Date: January 5, 2022

Elected: Princeton Councilmember


Honoree: Rev. Gregory Smith

Award: Ordination and Installation as Pastor

Date: November 20, 2021

Awarded By: Second Calvary Baptist Church, Hopewell, NJ



Honoree: Shirley Satterfield

Award: Community Engagement Award

Date: November 17, 2021

Awarded By: Princeton University and Pace Center for Civic Engagement


Honoree: Shirley A. Satterfield

Award: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award

Date: January 16, 2021

Awarded By: New Jersey Education Association (NJEA)

Events & Fundraisers

I Dreamed I Was Free


WJHCS Fall Fundraising Gala


Where: Morven Museum & Garden
Address: 55 Stockton St, Princeton NJ 08540
When: Thursday, November 2, 2023 at 7:30pm




I Dreamed I Was Free is a critically acclaimed one-man play about John Woolman, who spoke out against slavery over a century before the Civil War, was written by Rich Swingle and is performed by him. The play has received positive reviews from newspapers and magazines around the world.


The play takes place on the floor of the Philadelphia Yearly Quaker Meeting of 1758, when they were considering the issue of slavery and made a historic decision. The issues raised by the play are electrifying, challenging audience members of all ages not to settle for what our culture declares to be the norm and challenging them not to let the curse of racism fall upon the next generation.


A Hot Seat following the performance of the play allows John Woolman to field questions from the audience. Swingle stays in character, answering questions that arise for any of the characters he plays in the play. This can be as powerful as the play itself, allowing audience members to explore the themes that stirred them.


Swingle has performed the play Off-Broadway, in Norway, Germany, Canada, and throughout the U.S. and U.K.

Heritage Tour Plaques Come to Princeton



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. 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 ( 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!


To take a virtual tour of the plaques or learn more about them, please visit the Heritage Tour page.

Meet the New Superintendent of Princeton Public Schools

August 11, 2021 @ 7-8PM

In this virtual (Zoom) discussion, Dr. Carol Kelley shares how she will approach her new role and what she hopes to achieve as superintendent of Princeton Public Schools.

Presented in partnership with the Princeton Public Library.

Fall 2020 Virtual Fundraiser

America Awakened: A Dialogue with Taylor “Todd” Marrow III

13 October 2020

Dialogue with Taylor "Todd" Marrow III

by Witherspoon-Jackson Historical and Cultural Society

Taylor “Todd” Marrow III with childhood friend and moderator of this event, Jason Harding, in a photo from their teen years.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020

7 PM EST Virtual Zoom Webinar.

$20 donation required for entry. 

Former Princeton Resident Taylor A. Marrow III, now a Salem, Oregon Professor and new editor of Ida B. Wells-Barnett’s “America Awakened” (newly released in September 2020), returns to his hometown of Princeton for a Zoom webinar fundraiser to speak on issues of race. 

Taylor “Todd” Marrow III, 1990 graduate of Princeton High School, now Associate Professor at Chemeketa College and noted African American historian, talks about his newly edited book “America Awakened, The Anti-Lynching Crusade of Ida B. Wells-Barnett,” his life growing up in Princeton, what motivated his newly edited book and other important aspects of race. The event will be moderated by Pennington School History professor and Marrow’s childhood friend, Jason Harding.

Proceeds will fund the installation of historical plaques in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood that commemorate the rich history of the neighborhood’s African American community.

WJHCS would like to extend a special thank you to the sponsors of this event!

Elizabeth “Betsey” Stockton Sponsors


Patricia Payne

Studio Hillier

Howard B. Waxwood Sponsors


Callaway Henderson


Dawn Collins, Esq.

Iona and Maurice Harding

Sarah Blackwell Harris Sponsors


Charlotte A. Gipson

John Hughes

Hughes Funeral Home

Douglas Palmer

The Pennington School ($300)

Ross Wishnick

Bryan VanZandt Moore Sponsors


Kevin and Patricia McCarthy ($200)

Surinder and Rashma Sharma ($200)

Witherspoon Verse Speaking Choir

Fall 2019 Fundraiser

Green Book: Presentation and Lecture by Calvin Alexander Ramsey

18 September 2019

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