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Reverence & Remembrance: Contextualizing the East Marshall Street Well Project

Date: Thursday, June 27, 2024
Time: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: Cabell Library, 4th floor

Join us for the unveiling of the Reverence & Remembrance exhibit, curated by Dr. Maggie Unverzagt Goddard, Postdoctoral Fellow for the East Marshall Street Well Project. The exhibit honors those whose remains were uncovered in 1994 during the construction of a VCU medical building. Mainly of African descent, they were used for anatomical study in the 19th century. They were not given the respect they are due—reflecting the role of racism in medicine and an urgent need for VCU community members to learn this history and ensure that we do better.

This event is open house format for those who wish to come and go as they please. Light refreshments will be served. 

Sponsor(s): Postdoctoral Services, in collaboration with the VCU Postdoctoral Association and VCU Libraries

Event contact: Maggie Goddard, Ph.D.,

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The Elegba Folklore Society led a processional, pouring of libations and prayer upon the return of the ancestral remains to Richmond.

EMSW Project Community Update

Date: Saturday, June 3, 2023
Time: 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Location: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 815 E. Grace Street, Richmond

Join us as we share progress and continue planning VCU’s ongoing effort to acknowledge and reconcile the university’s past and its continued plans for the memorialization and interment of the remains found in the East Marshall Street Well.

Pre-registration is encouraged by May 31. Register here

Seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Refreshments and a light lunch provided.

Made possible by funding from the American Council of Learned Societies Sustaining Public Engagement through funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities. In partnership with Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church.

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View the printable EMSW Project Community Update flier.