Shirley Satterfield’s Princeton

Shirley Satterfield guides tours of the Witherspoon-Jackson neighhborhood, the historic African-American district, on behalf of the Princeton Historical Society. Her most recent tour was on “Juneteenth,” the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the Emancipation, observed as a holiday in many states.
Satterfield, who grew up in Princeton, was both informative and interesting — a hard combo to achieve on a tour like this. The tour is named after Albert E. Hinds, who worked on the crew that paved Nassau Street. Satterfield offers her tours to public and private groups, and the self-guided pamphlet can be purchased for $1 at Bainbridge House.

This picture is taken from the steps of the house where Paul Robeson lived as a boy, and it is across the street from the gate to the “colored” section of Princeton cemetery. Paul Robeson’s father and mother are the only African Americans buried in the main section of the cemetery, designated for whites.

Yes, though it was north of the Mason Dixon line, Princeton was a Jim Crow town.

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2 thoughts on “Shirley Satterfield’s Princeton

  1. I appreciate this article about my tour, however, I must correct one point. The cemetery gates across the street from the Robeson House DO NOT open to the Colored section of the cemetery. The entrance to what was designated as the Colored section of the cemetery is further down Witherspoon Street – across the street from the Mt. Pisgah AME Church.

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