Family, A good friend of mind told me about The East Marshall Street Well Project. Truth be told, I was “vaguely aware” of the project but not really familiar with what’s going on to ensure that VCU is doing right by our ancestors and the community. It sounds like something that everyone in Richmond should be aware of.  The next meeting is Saturday, May 30 (tomorrow) at 9 am at MLK Middle. Take some time to read about the project and if you can, check out the meeting.

From the East Marshall Street Well Project Web Site:

In April 1994, human bones and artifacts from the 19th century were discovered in an abandoned well uncovered during construction on Virginia Commonwealth University’s MCV Campus. The well’s contents are believed to have been discarded in the 1800s by medical staff.

These humans, mainly of African descent, were not shown the respect they were due, neither in life nor in death. The university is committed to moving forward in a manner reflecting the dignity that should be accorded these individuals and has created the East Marshall Street Well Project to facilitate a process with the community that ensures the remains receive appropriate study, memorialization and reburial.



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