Recommendations

This report provides a summary of work completed by the Family Representative Council as part of the East Marshall Street Well Project. The FRC was established for the purpose of developing recommendations for proper research, memorialization and interment of human skeletal remains and artifacts found in 1994 on the MCV Campus. Previous research suggests the skeletal remains represent over 50 individuals, mostly Africans and African Americans, who were discarded into the 19th-century EMSW following their use as cadavers for medical training.

The final report expands upon an interim report presented to the EMSW Project Planning Committee and the Richmond community in 2016.

The report consists of: (1) a project overview, including a description of the FRC’s structure, goals and process for developing its recommendations; (2) the recommendations proposed to guide future research, memorialization and interment activities; and (3) concluding remarks that situate the project and its potential impact within the current context of social activism and reflection concerning issues of race and historical memory.

Final recommendations

On Dec. 13, 2018, the Family Representative Council presented Final Recommendations to the community. The full final report can be accessed here: EMSW FRC report [PDF].

Preliminary recommendations

On June 4, 2016, the Family Representative Council presented Preliminary Recommendations to the community. The full preliminary report can be accessed here: EMSW FRC preliminary report [PDF].