Princeton's First African-American Mayor Honored By County Freeholders

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Trenton – On September 22, the Mercer County Board of Chosen Freeholders honored community activist and Princeton icon James Floyd at their Formal Meeting held at the Princeton Municipal Building.

James has been a historic figure in Princeton for more than forty years. He served on the Princeton Township committee from 1969 until 1972. During this time, he became the first African-American mayor of the township in 1971. After leaving the committee, his community service continued to expand as he served on Municipal Boards in both the Borough and Township of Princeton. He also became a dedicated advocate for affordable housing and civil rights.

“James Floyd is often referred to as the conscience of Princeton, after meeting James and spending time with him, I can’t think of a more fitting moniker,” said Freeholder and Princeton resident Andrew Koontz. “It is a great honor to honor a man who has spent his entire life working to better his community”

The Board presented Sam Floyd (brother), Michael Floyd (son), and Kappa Alpha PSI Fraternity members with a sealed resolution celebrating James’s lifetime of community activism and extraordinary volunteer work.