Exhibition: Paul Robeson 100 | Columbia Law School

Written by on March 19, 2023

Visit the exhibition in Jerome L. Greene Hall and find additional information about each panel below.

Finding a Home in Harlem

Paul Robeson 1923 was born in Princeton, New Jersey, the youngest son of Presbyterian minister Rev. William D. Robeson and Maria Louisa Bustill Robeson. His father, who had been enslaved in eastern North Carolina, escaped with his brother Ezekiel on the Underground Railroad to Pennsylvania in 1858.

Robeson distinguished himself as a scholar and an athlete at Somerville High School and Rutgers University, where he received a scholarship. The third Black student at Rutgers . . .

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