Julia Baxter Bates

c. 1917-2003

The first African-American student admitted to Douglass College. Granddaughter of James Baxter, principal of the Colored School. Master’s degree from Columbia University. Was denied the right to teach in New Jersey’s high schools so instructor at Dillard University in New Orleans. Headed the research component at NAACP headquarters. Education director at NewArk Prep, a residential alternative school for 12 years. Worked at Essex County College securing millions in funding for first-generation students.


Rutgers Alumni Association

“Julia Baxter Bates, civil rights champion” Star Ledger July 23, 2003

Kukla, Barbara J. Defying the Odds.