The Lost Souls Public Memorial Project, based in East Brunswick, NJ, is an effort to remember an aspect of New Jersey history that had been whitewashed, but is now being brought to community awareness in order to heal part of the national wound of white supremacy.
In 1818, a corrupt Middlesex County judge sent 177+ African Americans into permanent slavery, selling men, women, and children into the Deep South. We have recovered many of the names of these Lost Souls and intend to build a memorial to them: to re-member them back home and to ensure this history is never forgotten again. Our project is made up of community groups centering Black voices and is hosted by The Unitarian Society.
We are holding our first major fundraiser on Wednesday, May 22, at 7pm – a memorable night of poetry and a recitation of names.
This is a dinner. Tickets are $60. We will be offering a car pool from Beacon to anyone who would like to buy a ticket and attend the event. Cathy Menendez is offering to sponsor someone to attend in her place, as she cannot attend. For information about the car pool or Cathy’s offer of a free ticket, please contact Ellie Muska at <email@example.com>