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This Week in Princeton History for June 5-11

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, the baseball team has a disappointing loss, Georgia residents resolve to tar and feather an alum, and more.

June 5, 1909—In a disappointing showing for the Tigers in New Haven, Yale shuts out Princeton’s baseball team 6 to 0.

Yale Field June 5, 1909 program cover showing a Yale player and a Princeton player in baseball uniforms
Athletic Programs Collection (AC042), Box 13, Folder 8.

June 6, 1836—Citizens of Hillsborough, Georgia, meet to discuss charges that Aaron W. Kitchell, Class of 1829, has been in communication with local African Americans. After they conclude that he is an abolitionist, they resolve to tar and feather him and parade him through the area as a deterrent to others.

June 8, 1849—George Copway, an Ojibwa writer, speaks in Princeton’s Mercer Hall to advocate for indigenous peoples of North America.

June 10, 1864—Recently, the street lamps have not been lit at night, though the reason is unclear. “Our town is very dark,” the Princeton Standard complains.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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