East Marshall Street Well Project

The East Marshall Street Well Project

The East Marshall Street Well Planning Committee implemented a community process that encouraged learning about the human remains discovered near East Marshall Street and sought community input in the formation of the Family Representative Council. The Family Representative Council will serve to represent the “descendant community” that will make recommendations on behalf of those individuals whose remains were discovered to support appropriate study, memorialization and reburial with dignity.

At this stage of the project, the Family Representative Council (FRC) has completed its year-long process of learning, consulting, brainstorming that resulted the presentation of their recommendations to the East Marshall Street Well Project Planning Committee on Wednesday, May 26, 2016 to overwhelming support and gratitude. After a 2 week period for further Planning Committee review, the FRC then presented the same recommendations to the public during the final of 5 Community Conversations at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School - for review, discussion and approval on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 9 am until 12 noon. 

Visit emsw.vcu.edu/recommendations/ review the DRAFT Final Recommendations document and give your feedback. 


Visit emsw.vcu.edu to experience the background information, resources and updates to this very compelling public history project.

Click this link to view the trailer from the documentary that launched the project: Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies