Bearing Witness: A Soil Collection Project
A Traveling Exhibit Memorializing the Legacy of Samuel “Mingo Jack” Johnson
Newark Public Library–Main Library
James Brown African American Room
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
Bearing Witness is coming to the Newark Public Library. The New Jersey Social Justice Remembrance Coalition is spearheading this traveling display of the soil collected from the site of the only recorded lynching in New Jersey.
Samuel “Mingo Jack” Johnson was an African American resident of Eatontown. He was murdered on March 5, 1886, after being arrested on unsubstantiated charges of raping a white woman.
Minister Kerwin Webb of the Second Baptist Church of Asbury Park will discuss his killing, and provide background on the soil collection project.
Free and open to the public. Light refreshments served.
Free parking available at Bears & Eagles Stadium Parking Garage-Essex County; lot entrance on Bridge Street.
Bearing Witness will open on November 1. It will be on view in the James Brown African American Room until December 31, 2022.