The Research

The Committee on Enslaved and Disenfranchised Populations in Rutgers History, consisting of faculty, staff, and student members from across the university, was formed to vigorously pursue the truth and examine the role that people of disadvantaged groups played in the founding and development of Rutgers University. The committee was also charged with making recommendations about how the university can best acknowledge their influences on our history. 

Under the direction of professors Deborah Gray White, Marisa Fuentes, and Camilla Townsend, undergraduate and graduate students embarked on the massive undertaking of piecing together the story of those lost from the pages of the university’s early history.

The Rutgers University Libraries Special Collections and University Archives contained a trove of documents that illuminated these stories, as did the New Brunswick Theological Seminary, whose church records were invaluable in the search. The researchers were also able to unearth new information in state and national archives in Trenton and Washington, D.C.

As the project continues with subsequent volumes, the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis is expanding and developing its research to map out the history as it relates to slavery and issues of race, moving us up to the present day of Rutgers University.  

Contributors and Researchers

View a list of editors and contributors to the Scarlet and Black Project.

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Editors

Marisa J. Fuentes
Deborah Gray White

Editors

Kendra Boyd
Marisa J. Fuentes
Deborah Gray White

Editors

Miya Carey
Marisa J. Fuentes
Deborah Gray White

Contributors

Beatrice J. Adams
Shauni Armstead
Jesse Bayker
Christopher Blakely
Kendra Boyd
Miya Carey
Kaisha Esty
Marisa J. Fuentes
Tracey Johnson
Daniel Manuel
Jamaica Salas Pujols
Brenann Sutter
Camilla Townsend
Pamela Walker
Deborah Gray White

Contributors

Beatrice J. Adams
Shauni Armstead
Kendra Boyd
Miya Carey
Shari Cunningham
Marisa J. Fuentes
Tracey Johnson
Eri Kitada
Jerrad P. Pacatte
Brenann Sutter
Pamela Walker
Deborah Gray White
Meagan Wierda
Caitlin Wiesner
Joseph Williams

Contributors

Beatrice J. Adams
Miya Carey
Lynda Dexheimer
Kaisha Esty
Whitney Fields
Marisa J. Fuentes
Ian Gavigan
Tracey Johnson
Joseph Kaplan
Roberto Orozco
Carie Rael
Brooke Thomas
Pamela Walker
Deborah Gray White
Meagan Wierda
Joseph Williams