EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - The history of New Jersey's - and indeed East Brunswick's - slave-holding past is a heavy memory, yet it is one that must be recognized and addressed. That is the mission of the Lost Souls Memorial Project and its annual effort to keep the names of human beings lost to slavery alive and full of meaning.
"Each year, we recite their names...and though this year is such a different year than any other (prayers and good wishes for your good health and safety in the midst of this pandemic), we rise to our responsibility to speak their names and to re-member home these Lost Souls, stolen from their homes, their communities, their loved ones. Freedom was stolen from them when they were sold into the Deep South by a corrupt Middlesex County judge and what turned out to be a whole network of people, profiting from the continuation slavery," says informational release from the Lost Souls.
There were more than 180 Lost Souls , and the Lost Souls Memorial Project will enact and embody liberatory memory by reciting their names as they have done at this time every year.
This year they are doing it online, which means that participants do not need to be in Central Jersey to take part.
Please mark your calendar and join us via ZOOM on Saturday, May 30, 7:30 EST for about an hour -- possibly the most powerful hour many people will spend that week, that month.
Participants are asked to arrive a few minutes early so that they can be sure to get settled before the program begins.
"Feel free and encouraged to invite folks in your social networks to attend as well. Share on Facebook, send out a tweet, email all your people," say the sponsors of the event.
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/2267313326907819/