Memorialization and interment

The East Marshall Street Well Implementation Committee on Interment and Memorialization is working to implement the Family Representative Council's final recommendations for interment and memorialization

Memorialization and interment timeline

September 2021: Kontos Building panels unveiled

On Sept. 24, 2021, VCU leaders and members of the East Marshall Street Well Project Family Representative Council, planning committee and implementation committee unveiled four panels at the Hermes A. Kontos Medical Sciences Building. The panels detail the story of the 19th-century human remains discovered in an abandoned well on the MCV Campus.

November 2019: Ancestral remains returned to Richmond

On Nov. 25, 2019, VCU hosted a ceremony to acknowledge and welcome the ancestral remains discovered in the East Marshall Street Well. The ceremony marked a milestone in the work of the East Marshall Street Well Project as the ancestral remains returned to Richmond from the Smithsonian Institution, where they had been located since their discovery in 1994. 

October 2019: Implementation Committees established

The Implementation Committee on Interment and Memorialization, led by Professor Rhonda Keyes-Pleasants and Karen Rader, Ph.D., began work to implement the final recommendations of the Family Representative Council