The East Marshall Street Well Implementation Committee on Research is working to implement the Family Representative Council's research recommendations.

Research timeline

Jan. 6, 2022: Ancestral remains moved to VCU

The Ancestral Remains were moved to a laboratory on VCU’s campus. Here, researchers will begin to undertake the sampling necessary to build a set of data needed to implement the final recommendations of the Family Research Council. This work is projected to continue until 2023.

Dec. 29, 2021: Community research update meeting held

The EMSW Project hosted a virtual community update on Dec. 29, 2021, where researchers outlined their plans for sampling the ancestral remains, based on guidance from the Family Representative Council, and feedback was accepted.

Watch the EMSW Committee research update video

Dec. 29, 2021 - VCU East Marshall Street Well presentation

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: Research Committee established

The Implementation Committee on Research, led by Joseph Jones, Ph.D. and Monika Markowitz, Ph.D., began work to implement the final recommendations of the Family Representative Council