Laura Wooten: A Commemoration
Butler Colleges invites you to a virtual celebration of the life and legacy of Laura Wooten on Friday, April 9 at 4pm.
Leave your thoughts, comments and memories of Laura Wooten at laurawooten.princeton.edu.
Laura Wooten left her mark on Princeton and the nation, serving for years as the card checker at the entrance to the Butler College dining hall and becoming the longest-serving poll worker in U.S. history before her passing at age 98 in March 2019. Born just months after the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment and raised in segregated Princeton, she saw the inauguration of the first African-American president and nearly saw the election of our first woman vice president. She was truly “one of the great moral leaders of our state and nation,” in the words of NJ Governor Phil Murphy, and a bill in her name promoting civics education, “Laura Wooten’s Law,” has passed in the New Jersey Senate and is currently making its way through the General Assembly. In her 27 years working at the Butler dining hall, her 79 years as a poll worker, and her lifetime in the Princeton community, Laura touched the lives of generations of students, faculty, staff, and community members. We are honored to remember her life and legacy.