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Meet Me in the Bottom: The Struggle to Reclaim Richmond's African Burial Ground

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"Project overview: The Burial Ground for 2 0 Negroes (ca. 1750-1816) is located north of Broad Street, between 15th and 16th Streets. It is the oldest municipal cemetery for enslaved and free Blacks known to exist in the Richmond area. An 1810 map shows the Negro Burial Ground near Broad Street and Shockoe Creek. Today the Burial Ground for Negroes sits adjacent to a parking lot owned by Virginia Commonwealth University. In fact, there are questions as to whether the Burial Ground lies beneath the parking lot. Activist and other groups have protested what is seen by many as a desecration of sacred ground. This documentary tells the story of the community's efforts to reclaim the Burial Ground as the final resting place of their ancestors." -- Producer's website.
DVD
2010
Clemons (Stacks)
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Never Ask Permission: Elisabeth Scott Bocock of Richmond

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In her talk about her mother, Elisabeth Scott Bocock, an upper class woman in Richmond, Ms. Hitz gave a brief family history, and spoke about her mother as a person during the times and social climate in which she lived. Ms. Hitz described the way her mother worked for historic preservation in Richmond.
VHS
2005
Ivy (By Request)
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Secret Service

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The Phoenix Theatre production of William Gillette's 1895 spy thriller, set in Richmond, Virginia in 1864. Tells the tale of a Union spy working to seize control of the Richmond telegraph office. Posing as a wounded Confederate captain named Thorne, the spy's false orders to a Confederate Army commander raise the suspicions of a southern agent, who uses a local girl in love with Thorne as his reluctant accomplice to set a trap.
DVD
2002; 1977
Clemons (Stacks)
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Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies

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"The practice of disinterring cadavers (grave robbing or bodysnatching) for purposes of medical dissection was widespread in the 19th and early 20th centuries in the United States. Those individuals whose job was to secure bodies for the dissecting labs of medical colleges were known as Resurrectionist. Richmond, Virginia during the 1800's was a bustling market for the domestic trade in enslaved Africans, and as a consequence had become a literal black market in Black bodies, both living and dead. African American cemeteries were especially vulnerable to the nighttime activities of the Resurrectionist and produced most of the anatomical material for the Medical College of Virginia. The legacy of grave-robbing is so indelibly etched into the psyches of African Americans that today man [...]
DVD
2000; 2011
Clemons (Stacks)
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"Our Inspiration": The Story of Maggie Lena Walker

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"Maggie Walker's remarkable story, rich with universal themes, portrays a new kind of American heroine and leaves a legacy of inspiration" -- container.
VHS
1998
Ivy (By Request)
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A Place in History: The Tredegar Iron Works and Its Resoration

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A video presentation of a slide collection on the Tredegar Iron Works and its restoration.
VHS
1989
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