Albert E. Hinds
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Albert E. Hinds was born in Princeton, New Jersey on April 14, 1902. He and his siblings attended the Princeton segregated school, Witherspoon School for Colored Children, and he continued his education at Talladega College in Talladega, Alabama. Mr. Hinds' services to the Princeton community were numerous. In 1925, he along with another resident of Princeton, reopened the Colored YMCA that had been closed for a number of years. He served as the Y's physical director and in 1933 was the playground director for both Hightstown and Princeton. Another notable accomplishment was helping to pave Nassau Street, transforming it from a simple dirt road to a major thoroughfare.
Over the years Mr. Hinds was a member of the Zoning Board, a trustee of the Mt. Pisgah AME Church, and on the advisory board of the Historical Society of Princeton. An invaluable member of the community, Mr. Hinds passed away in Princeton at the age of 104.
In 2005, the Town Topics featured an article on Albert Hinds' fascinating life in Princeton, which is available here: Article on Hinds
|Hinds in 2005, when he was 103 years old and Princeton's oldest resident. Photograph by Peter C. Cook.||Nassau Street in the late 1800s, unpaved. Albert Hinds helped pave the road around 1919. Photograph from the collection of the Historical Society of Princeton.|
Albert E. Hinds Gates
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The Albert E. Hinds Gates in Princeton's Hinds Plaza were dedicated on September 29, 2013. Princeton resident Eric Broadway gave a tribute to Albert Hinds at the dedication ceremony; click here for the text of his speech.
On July 16, 2013, The Princeton Packet featured an article by Pam Hersh on the Hinds Gates project. The article, reproduced with permission of The Princeton Packet, is available here: Article on Hinds Gates.