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This Week in Princeton History for February 25-March 3

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the Graduate College remains in control of the U.S. Navy following the end of World War I, the local pastors association prays for their colleagues involved in the Civil Rights Movement, and more.

February 27, 1981—Three students who won election to Undergraduate Student Government as members of the joke group “Antarctica Liberation Front” on a platform of “jihad” against the Hun School of Princeton resign after only one USG meeting.

Princeton University’s Antarctica Liberation Front, ca. 1981. Image from the Daily Princetonian.

March 1, 1919—The Naval School has graduated all of its students, but the U.S. Navy will not return the Graduate School to Princeton’s control until April. It will reopen for graduate students in the fall.

Letter from J. Cowan to Admiral Caspar Frederick Goodrich, March 8, 1919. Goodrich commanded the Naval School based at Princeton University’s Graduate College during World War I. Admiral Caspar Frederick Goodrich Papers on the Princeton University Naval Training Unit (AC069), Box 1.

March 2, 1956—Chaplains from Princeton University join with town ministers in the Princeton Pastors Association at an interracial prayer service for the clergy involved in the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The event makes headlines in Philadelphia and New York as well as locally.

March 3, 1880—Former Princeton president John Maclean celebrates his 80th birthday on campus.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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