Princeton Considering Removing Statue Of Its Former President And Influential Founding Father

Princeton Considering Removing Statue Of Its Former President And Influential Founding Father


Princeton University has formed a committee to determine the fate of an on-campus statue of influential Founding Father John Witherspoon, who also served as the sixth president of the school.

After complaints from students about Witherspoon, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a mentor to James Madison, the university announced that it would be looking at proposals to remove the 10-foot-tall bronze cast statue from its current location.

“We believe, first, that the statue pays great honor to Witherspoon, and encourages members of the University community to honor Witherspoon. Second, we believe that paying such honor to someone who participated actively in the enslavement of human beings, and used his scholarly gifts to defend the practice, is today a distraction from the University’s

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