NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Paul Robeson's contributions to Rutgers - on and off the field - will be commemorated as part of the university's 150th anniversary festivities.
Robeson, a consensus All-American in 1917 and 1918 and widely regarded as one of the school's greatest players, will be honored as part of the Rutgers football team's game against Boston College on Sept. 21, the university has announced.
Rutgers, which beat Princeton, 6-4, in the first intercollegiate football game in New Brunswick in 1869, is planning a season-long celebration.
There will be a postgame fireworks show after the season opener against Massachusetts on Aug. 30.
As part of the Oct. 5 game against Maryland, Rutgers will celebrate all past All-Americans.
In addition to Homecoming, the Oct. 19 game against Minnesota will honor players from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The decades of 1970, 1980 and 1990 will be the theme of the Oct. 26 game against Liberty. On Nov. 16, Rutgers will host Ohio State and pay homage to its former players from the 2000s through the present.
Capping off the final theme game of the season is the Nov. 23 matchup against Michigan State, which will serve to honor former Scarlet Knight Eric LeGrand. The Believe Game will focus on the legacy of LeGrand and help raise awareness and support for spinal cord research.
Robeson is one of the university's most venerated alumni—the only alumnus to have his namesake grace buildings at all three Rutgers locations in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden.
A series of events have commemorated the 100th anniversary of Robeson's graduation from Rutgers. In April, the university unveiled Paul Robeson Plaza. Located adjacent to Voorhees Mall on the College Avenue Campus of Rutgers–New Brunswick, this special space commemorates Robeson's life and legacy.
Robeson was also honored during graduation at HighPoint.com Stadium. The city of New Brunswick renamed Commercial Avenue to Paul Robeson Boulevard in his honor.