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Lost Souls Public Memorial Project, Inc.

MS&B Member Bakari G. Lee, Partner Mel Myers and Paralegal Laure Lee represented the Unitarian Universalist Church of East Brunswick on a pro bono basis to create the Lost Souls Public Memorial Project, Inc., a Title 15A New Jersey nonprofit corporation, and secure 501(c)(3) federal tax exemption for the corporation.

The Lost Souls Public Memorial Project, Inc. is dedicated to building a public memorial to remember the approximately one hundred and fifty African Americans stolen in 1818 and transported to the County of Middlesex, New Jersey, as a part of a vicious slave ring headed by corrupt County Court of Pleas Judge, Jacob Van Wickle. Using a loophole in the law, Judge Van Wickle oversaw the kidnapping of free and enslaved African Americans, selling them into the Deep South and permanent slavery. Victims of the Van Wickle slave ring ranged in age from seven months to 43 years of age.

MS&B proudly supports this initiative and other pro bono efforts of our team.

Click here to learn more about the Lost Souls Memorial Project, Inc.