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Lost Souls Public Memorial Project 2nd Annual Recitation of Names

 

East Brunswick, NJ Wednesday, May 22, 2019 – The Lost Souls Public Memorial Project will be holding a memorable evening of dinner, performance poetry, and a recitation of the names of the Lost Souls on May 22 from 7-9pm, to be held at Baker’s Barn at 93 Church Lane in East Brunswick.  Included will be a recitation of the known names of the 177+ African Americans sold into permanent slavery in 1818 by a corrupt Middlesex County judge, as well as performance of her own poetry commissioned for this project by NJ State Theatre Poet-in-Residence, Glenis Redmond.

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Tickets are available on EventBrite.  Basic admission is $60, which includes dinner, dessert, and the evening’s programming.  A limited number of special tickets are available for $100, which provide a signed, limited-edition artful print of a poem penned just for this occasion by Redmond.  The goal of this fundraiser is to grow the funds that will eventually pay for the design and erection of the memorial, as well as to continue to grow community involvement in this effort to heal the legacy of slavery and disenfranchisement in our nation.

Last year, a Recitation of Names was held on the site in East Brunswick where the Lost Souls were held captive before being place on ships that sailed from Perth Amboy to New Orleans. A short video of that powerful event, created by EBTV, can be seen at this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bCpx6MLexds .  Since that event, over 40 more names of Lost Souls have been recovered and will be included in this year’s event. According to Rev. Karen G. Johnston, minister at the congregation that acts as the fiscal agent for the project, “Ensuring that these souls are re-membered back to our community is an act of healing that I believe will be powerful for this generation and generations to come.”

The Lost Souls Public Memorial Project is open to all who would like to help it succeed.  The New Brunswick NAACP, the New Jersey Chapter ​of the Afro-American Historical & Genealogical Society, and The Unitarian Society, as well as other community groups and individuals, are working to bring this project to life.  This year, the Project is supported by an Incubation Grant from the NJ Council for the Humanities to help guide the process for input into the design, as well as to develop an interactive web site and an educational curriculum on this often-overlooked aspect of local history that has repercussions for the region and the nation. For more information, the media is encouraged to reach out to the Project at this email: lostsoulspublicmemorial@gmail.com or to visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/lostsoulspublicmemorialproject/