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Students present work on history of John-Witherspoon neighborhood, Feb. 10

University students will give a presentation about the history of Princeton's John-Witherspoon neighborhood at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb 10, at the Princeton Public Library. They will be accompanied by Kathryn Watterson, a lecturer in the University's African-American Studies Program, and residents of the neighborhood.

The participants will read excerpts from the rich stories and narratives that they have been listening to and collecting since the fall of 1999. They will talk about the evolution of the oral history project, which is aimed at collecting stories from older members of the community and adding to what is known about life in that neighborhood during the last century.

Watterson and her students are turning the oral histories they have collected into a book, I Hear My People Singing: An Oral History of African-American Princeton (1900-2000), which takes its title from a Paul Robeson remark about the neighborhood where he was born and raised.

The project is sponsored by the Program in African-American Studies , the Community-Based Learning Initiative , Vice President for Campus Life Janet Dickerson and President Emeritus Harold T. Shapiro.

Princeton Public Library is in the Princeton Shopping Center at 301 N. Harrison St. For more information, contact Terri Nelson at (609) 9249529, ext. 237.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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