William the Silent

Victoria Garvey

“William the Silent” is located on Voorhees Mall closer to Seminary Pl, a part of the College Avenue Campus. The monument itself represents the Dutch roots that New Brunswick, as well as Rutgers, has in its lineage. William of Orange-Nassau County was a leader and advocate for freedom of religion. His defiant stare is odd in relation to his title, “the Silent,” which insinuates that he would be quiet or otherwise calm. Researching a part of this Rutgers legacy led me to our very own Archives and Special Collections department, a fascinating and truly historical resource.

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is an ACLS New Faculty Fellow in the American Studies and History departments at Rutgers University.
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