VCU East Marshall Street Well Project: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Humanities

Virginia Commonwealth University

Job Type: Postdoc

Application Deadline: November 9, 2020


VCU invites applications for a postdoctoral research fellowship in the humanities, to support the work of the East Marshall Street Well Project and its two implementation committees. More details can be found at this official job posting: https://www.vcujobs.com/postings/101394

The East Marshall Street Well Project is a VCU initiative designed to work with the community in addressing the discovery of human bones and artifacts from the 19th century in an abandoned well uncovered during construction on Virginia Commonwealth University’s MCV Campus. The work has involved 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 served to represent the “descendant community” and made recommendations on behalf of those individuals whose remains were discovered to support appropriate study, memorialization and reburial with dignity. For additional information on the project, please see: www.emsw.vcu.edu

Within the EMSWP, the Memorialization and Interment Implementation Work Group is focused on ensuring that the EMSW Ancestors receive proper memorialization and reburial. Plans currently in progress include creating physical memorialization sites in the VCU Kontos Education Building, as well institutionalizing an annual EMSW remembrance to be observed by all VCU medical and pre-health students taking an anatomy class. In addition, this group will establish guidelines for University policy, to address future discoveries of human remains on campus, and, in collaboration with the EMSW Research Implementation Committee, will develop (via cross-institutional and interdisciplinary RFPs) the first formal studies of the historical legacy of slavery in the University and mechanisms for redressing that legacy. Ultimately, an interment ceremony will be planned and designed with input from funerary experts in West African traditions. This public event will be intentionally inclusive, honoring a variety of faith traditions (including African indigenous practices) and engaging the diverse Richmond community in the longer-term civic project of combatting structural racism and health disparities.

Posted: November 01, 2020