“Lawnside” Play Celebrates NJ’s Black Town

LAWNSIDE, N.J (Jan. 14, 2020) – Playwrights and community organizers Kenneth and Charlotte Brown will premiere their play celebrating Lawnside, New Jersey’s oldest incorporated African American municipality, Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. at the Liberty Center, 1121 Elizabeth Avenue, Elizabeth.

The Lawnside Historical Society is sponsoring a bus trip to see the performance leaving Lawnside at 12 p.m. Tickets are $70 and cover the cost of transportation and a four-course dinner at the Cranbury Inn, an Underground Railroad station in Cranbury, New Jersey. Checks can be made payable to the Society and mailed to P.O. Box 608, Lawnside, N.J. 08045-0608.

For several years, the Browns have brought field trips to Lawnside to visit the Benson Multicultural History Museum and the Peter Mott House Underground Museum through their organization  United Youth of New Jersey. They have relied upon information they gleaned from the Rev. James A. Benson, an archivist and founder of the Benson History Museum and the late Clarence Still, borough historian and founding president of the historical society.

“Lawnside” uses a summit of the town’s historic families as a vehicle to tell the story of its origins as a haven for people seeking freedom from slavery and founding the state’s first incorporated African American town.

They always present a multigenerational cast of UYNJ members and volunteers, acting, singing and dancing. Among the Browns’ other historic plays were 2018’s “A Mother’s Cry: The Emmitt Till Story,” “MLK: The Nightmare After the Dream,” “Black Wall Street: A True Reflection of the Sun People” and “Harlem Renaissance: Another Black Wall Street.”

To purchase tickets to play go to https://lawnside2020.eventbrite.com.

Join Us for “Lawnside” at the Liberty Center on Feb. 1

Join the Lawnside Historical Society Saturday, February 1, 2020 on a bus outing to see “Lawnside,” a music-filled production about our historic town and its families by Kenneth and Charlotte Brown of United Youth of New Jersey at the Liberty Center in Elizabeth, New Jersey.

A comfortable coach will leave the borough at 12:30 p.m. The play starts at 2 p.m. where Lawnside showgoers will enjoy special seating. The show will be followed by a four-course dinner at the Cranbury Inn, a stop on the Underground Railroad.

Tickets are $70; only 55 seats are available. Make checks payable to the Lawnside Historical Society, Inc. and send to P.O. Box 608, Lawnside NJ 08045 or pay at the Peter Mott House, 26 Kings Court on Saturdays between 12 & 3 p.m. until January 25.

Contact information: 856-546-8850 or lhs@petermotthouse.org