Watch Harry Belafonte’s PBS video about Paul Robeson’s life and the importance of telling his story and enhancing his legacy.

“What brought me to the mission of social justice is my love of all people regardless of the color of their skin. And particularly for the African Americans in the Princeton and Mercer County area, who I have come to know and love.”

Rev. David McAlpin
1930-2022

Rev David McAlpin

THE ROBESON HOUSE

The “Paul Robeson House,” is a residential property located at 110 Witherspoon Street, Princeton, NJ, where Paul Robeson was born. It has been the focal point for advancement of the African American community in the Princeton area for over a century.

It was the residence for Reverend Drew Robeson and his family when he was appointed pastor of the Witherspoon Street Presbyterian Church in 1879. The property later transferred to private ownership and became the “first residence” for many migrant workers, domestics, and laborers that came to Princeton. Through the years, it has served as a gathering place and service center for neighborhood residents. Many of the new residents settled in the Witherspoon-Jackson community and became the driving force for social, educational, and civic advancement of the community.

COMMUNITY VOICES

Rozyln Anderson Flood

Rozyln Anderson Flood

Board Member

As both an attorney and a poet, I was drawn to Paul Robeson’s advocacy for racial and social justice, eloquently shaped by his artist’s soul.

As Paul explained, “The artist must elect to fight for freedom or slavery.  I have made my choice.  I had no alternative.”

 

 

Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson

Dr. Joy Barnes-Johnson

Board Member

“The Paul Robeson House project builds on an important legacy of Mr. Robeson: full human dignity.”

As an idea, the house serves as a center within a historic district known to be a friendly neighborhood in its community. The complexity of Robeson’s work to address economic, aesthetic, and political freedom can be explored by all who will come.

 

Dave McAlpin

Dave McAlpin

Board Member

“Let Robeson House of Princeton be a beacon of hope for all who are denied dignity and justice.”

Jeffrey Yuan

Jeffrey Yuan

Board Member

“The Robeson House can be a center and vehicle for greater social good and become a manifestation of Robeson’s legacy that the world should and must be a better place for all.”

Don’t go along to get along. Be willing to sacrifice to do what you know is right.

PAUL ROBESON