Princeton Seminary Names Library After Theodore Sedgwick Wright

Oct 18, 2021

On October 13, 2021, Princeton Theological Seminary held a library dedication service to name the library after Theodore Sedgwick Wright, (Class of 1828).

Rev. Wright was the first African American to graduate from Princeton Theological Seminary. He served as the pastor of the Shiloh Presbyterian Church of New York City (formerly First Colored Presbyterian Church of New York City) from 1829 until his death in 1847. Wright was one of the founders of the American Anti-Slavery Society and served as chair of the New York Vigilance Committee, which worked to prevent the kidnapping of free African Americans.