The History Center’s African American Program will sponsor several film screenings and discussions in 2018 as part of the From Slavery to Freedom Film Series, hosted by the Frick Environmental Center at 2005 Beechwood Boulevard in Pittsburgh.
On April 11, join us for a screening of “Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine & the Exploitation of Black Bodies.”
The practice of grave robbing for purposes of medical dissection was widespread in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. Those individuals whose job it was to secure bodies for dissecting labs in medical colleges were known as “Resurrectionists.” During the 1800s, Richmond, Virginia was a bustling market for the domestic trade of enslaved Africans. It had become a literal black market in black bodies, both living and dead.
This powerful documentary brings attention to issues relating to medical ethics or lack thereof, as it pertains historically to the African American community, and encourages discussion about what has changed. The documentary’s producer and director, Dr. Shawn Utsey of Virginia Commonwealth University, will lead a discussion of his film and “Resurrectionism.”
Admission is free. Registration is not required.
This public program will be held at the Frick Environmental Center, 2005 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh, Pa.
Visitors can also see the new From Slavery to Freedom Garden at the Frick Environmental Center, which showcases plants used for food and medicinal purposes by freedom seekers during the 18th and 19th centuries.
For more information, please contact Samuel W. Black, director of African American Programs, at 412-454-6391 or email@example.com.
The 2018 From Slavery to Freedom film series includes:
Wednesday, Feb. 28: “Standing on My Sisters’ Shoulders”
Wednesday, April 11: “Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine & the Exploitation of Black Bodies”
Wednesday, Aug. 22: “The Assassination of Martin Luther King”
Wednesday, Nov. 7: “How They Got Over”