Welcome to The Paul Robeson House
110 Witherspoon St.
Princeton, NJ 08542
The Paul Robeson House honors the life and legacy of Princeton native Paul Robeson. The scholar athlete and accomplished performer was a champion of the poor and underserved who advocated for the advancement of humankind worldwide.
The Robeson House will serve as a permanent tribute to Paul Robeson and his legacy of service. The house will continue that legacy by serving as a community space for the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood.More
Your support will help us preserve Paul Robeson's legacy and serve future generations in the greater Witherspoon-Jackson community.
Paul Robeson House Facts
Anthony Simmons, a local black caterer, purchased the house from the Burton estate in 1847, and he lived there for 22 years. During his residence, Simmons helped to found the Presbyterian school where Betsey Stockton taught. Simmons died c. 1868; in his will, he left the property to the Witherspoon…
The house was constructed c. 1842. James S. Green sold the parcel in the year 1841 to Spencer Sauck. Sauck died c. 1844, and the property was sold to James Burton, who then died c. 1847.
The best known Presbyterian minister who lived in the house was the Rev. William Drew Robeson, who lived there with his family in the late 19th century. Paul Robeson was born at the house. He attended the segregated public school on Green Street.
In the years Paul Robeson walked this earth, he was a giant. Few commanded his breadth of talents. It will be amazing when the house opens its doors and welcomes the community in to learn of his courageous activism.Denyse Leslie
The rehabilitation of the Paul Robeson birth home is a tribute to a famous American and a lasting memorial to the challenges and opportunities faced by African Americans in Princeton and the underserved worldwide.Benjamin Colbert
The Robeson House will provide a needed meeting space where the community can gather.Kevin Wilkes