Imagine, having to work your entire life time just to earn some money so that you can have your freedom. This is what happened to James Collins Johnson.
I saw this picture on a doorway while strolling around Princeton campus.
It said "James Collins Johnson (1816 - 1902) arrived on campus in 1839 and worked as a janitor until 1843 when a student identified him as a fugitive slave from Maryland. After a trial in which he was ordered to be returned to his master, a local citizen loaned Johnson approximately $500 to buy his freedom. Johnson returned to work on campus and repaid the debt. He sold used clothing and furniture to students and for almost 60 years was also the licensed vendor, selling fruits, candies lemonade and other snacks from a wheel barrow near this site. After he died in 1902, students inscribed an epitaph on his gravestone in Princeton cemetery that described him as 'the students friend' "
Was at the Princeton Campus last month. It had a relaxed atmosphere (being a Sunday) and I could see some students under the trees with their laptop
Could see some group of tourists on a guided tour of the campus. Loved those tall trees.
Even though it was noon time, I preferred to click pictures against the light. It showed the leaves the way I liked to see it.
Was told that Einstein's house was close by but somehow we missed visiting the place.
I had no idea in which style this was made (maybe Gothic) but it looks grand and good to know that it still stands.
and so does the stone work here.
Some tourists found it a good spot for clicking some modelling shots.
I don't know how old Morrison Hall is but the windows look mesmerising with that long balcony.
Was always fascinated by Sundials and I found one here:
What a coincidence. Two days after coming back home, I happened to watch a movie "I will follow you down" and while watching the movie I realised that most of the movie was shot at the Princeton campus, so the scenes were very familiar to me.
and yes the movie showed Einstein's house too :-)