EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ — The Lost Souls Public Memorial Project will unveil the future home of the memorial at an event open to the public on Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 4pm at the East Brunswick Community Arts Center at 721 Cranbury Road. This is the 4th Annual Recitation of those names of those stolen in 1818 by a diabolical slave ring led by a Middlesex County judge whose residence was in what is now East Brunswick.
The Lost Souls Public Memorial Project has been busy this year. In December, the group incorporated and is in the process of establishing themselves as an independent non-profit. This spring the group released a call for design proposals for its juried competition.
According to Rev. Karen G. Johnston, president of the Board of this multi-racial, grassroots organization, “We have always believed that everyone can all play a role in remembering the Lost Souls back home. With the unveiling of this public marker, and our moving forward to identify a design, this is even more true. We have found a great partner in the Township of East Brunswick in reckoning with our history in a way that is brave, just, and brings healing.”
This event will be held outdoors and socially-distant, with masks required. It will be livestreamed on Facebook and the group’s YouTube channel. In addition to unveiling the bronze plaque marking the site of the future memorial and the Recitation, there will be speakers including currently scheduled Mayor Brad Cohen of East Brunswick; Jim Johnson, lawyer and community activist who ran for NJ governor in 2017; and Spoken Word Artist Liane Stone Ingalls, Chairperson of ACT-SO of the New Brunswick NAACP.
The event is open to all and free of charge. The LSPMP is thankful to Mayor Cohen’s Charity Fund for underwriting the cost of the bronze plaque to be unveiled near the entrance to the Center.
Last year’s Recitation was online and included local public officials such as Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, East Brunswick Mayor Brad Cohen, and then Assemblywoman Nancy Pinkin.