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Whitesboro, New Jersey
Whitesboro School
Whitesboro School
Map of the former Whitesboro-Burleigh CDP in Cape May County. Inset: Location of Cape May County in New Jersey.
Map of the former Whitesboro-Burleigh CDP in Cape May County. Inset: Location of Cape May County in New Jersey.
Country  United States
State  New Jersey
County Cape May
Township Middle
Named for George Henry White
 • Total 3.632 sq mi (9.406 km2)
 • Land 3.614 sq mi (9.360 km2)
 • Water 0.018 sq mi (0.047 km2)  0.50%
20 ft (6 m)
 • Total 2,205
 • Density 610.2/sq mi (235.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (Eastern (EDT))
ZIP code
08252 - Cape May
Area code(s) 609 and 640
FIPS code 3480855
GNIS feature ID 02390509

Whitesboro is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) located within Middle Township in Cape May County, New Jersey, United States. Until the 2000 Census the area had been part of the Whitesboro-Burleigh CDP, which was split in 2010 into separate CDPs for Burleigh and Whitesboro. As of the 2010 United States Census, the CDP's population was 2,205. Whitesboro was founded as a planned residential community for African Americans and has the majority of the township's black population.


Whitesboro was founded about 1901 by the Equitable Industrial Association, which had prominent black American investors including Paul Laurence Dunbar, the educator Booker T. Washington and George Henry White, the leading investor and namesake. He was an attorney who had moved to Philadelphia after serving as the last black Republican congressman representing North Carolina's 2nd congressional district. White and his fellow entrepreneurs wanted to create a self-reliant community for blacks without the discrimination faced by black residents of the southern states. Shares in the planned community were sold to African Americans from North and South Carolina and Virginia.

In 2006, the Johnson Family Historical Trust discovered the value of its original deed to Whitesboro property from the George H. White Realty Company. It has been called one of "America's Untold Treasures" by appraiser Phillip Merrill. The Johnson Family Historical Trust holds rare items important to Whitesboro, such as a 1936 radio formerly owned by James L. Johnson, a nationally recognized ham radio operator. His radios are of interest to Whitesboro and national history in technology.

There are more than 50 known and appraised artifacts from the original investors of the town that will be featured in Whitesboro in upcoming years. A dig for national history is planned to uncover more artifacts at various historical sites in Whitesboro, hosted by the Johnson Family Historical Trust.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 3.632 square miles (9.406 km2), including 3.614 square miles (9.360 km2) of land and 0.018 square miles (0.047 km2) of water (0.50%).


Historical population
Census Pop.
2010 2,205
Population sources: 2010

Census 2010

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,205 people, 870 households, and 572 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 610.2 per square mile (235.6/km2). There were 1,072 housing units at an average density of 296.6 per square mile (114.5/km2)*. The racial makeup of the CDP was 53.02% (1,169) White, 37.05% (817) Black or African American, 0.45% (10) Native American, 1.13% (25) Asian, 0.00% (0) Pacific Islander, 3.13% (69) from other races, and 5.22% (115) from two or more races. [[Hispanic (U.S. Census)|Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.75% (193) of the population.

There were 870 households out of which 23.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.3% were non-families. 30.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 24.2% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 21.9% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41.5 years. For every 100 females there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females ages 18 and old there were 84.8 males.


It is within the Middle Township School District which operates Middle Township High School.

Whitesboro NJ school front
Front of Whitesboro School

Countywide schools include Cape May County Technical High School and Cape May County Special Services School District.

In the era of de jure educational segregation in the United States, a school for black children was maintained in Whitesboro for grades 1-8.

Notable people

People who were born in, residents of, or otherwise closely associated with Whitesboro include:

  • Stedman Graham (born 1951), a 1,000-point scorer for the Middle Township High School boys varsity basketball team; he is an educator, author, businessman, and speaker who is the longtime partner of media mogul Oprah Winfrey.
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