Apr 11 2018
From Slavery to Freedom Film Series: “Until the ...

From Slavery to Freedom Film Series: “Until the ...

Presented by Heinz History Center at Frick Environmental Center

On April 11, join the Heinz History Center 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.”

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.

Admission Info

This event is free, and no pre-registration is required.

Phone: 412-454-6000

Dates & Times

2018/04/11 - 2018/04/11

Location Info

Frick Environmental Center

2005 Beechwood Blvd., Pittsburgh, PA 15217