Lost Souls Public Memorial Project

The Lost Souls Public Memorial Project is a community-based grassroots efforts to heal a tragic incident of local history in which a corrupt Middlesex County judge sold 144+ African Americans from around the region into permanent slavery in the Deep South in 1818. 

The Unitarian Society partners with the New Brunswick branch of the NAACP and the NJ chapter of the Afro-American Genealogical & Historical Society, as well as interested individuals.  The Project welcomes involvement of those who would like to further our vision of educating the community and building a memorial.  We are committing collective acts of liberatory memory and invite you to join us.  

Here is a message from May, 2020 about the project, presented at the 2020 UU General Assembly (18 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGHxlMbnTy0&t=3s

Here is the 3rd Recitation of Names, an event that takes place every May, to honor and remember the Lost Souls (56 minutes): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuRztV9Upfg&t=14s

For more information about this effort to address the painful legacy of slavery and white supremacy, please go to these links:

Lost Souls Memorial