The Lost Souls Public Memorial Project will hold an evening of dinner, performance poetry, and a recitation of the names of the Lost Souls from 7-9 p.m. on May 22 at Baker’s Barn, 93 Church Lane, East Brunswick.
Included will be a recitation of the known names of more than 177 African Americans sold into permanent slavery in 1818 by a corrupt Middlesex County judge, as well as a performance of her own poetry commissioned for this project by State Theatre Poet-in-Residence, Glenis Redmond.
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 the 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 event, created by EBTV, can be seen at 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.”