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THREAD! Now that everyone is looking, wanna to learn some history about RVA's racism? @theValentineRVA has a series called #ControversyHistory that explores our difficult history. TOMORROW the topic will be #healthcare disparities. This include's medical college graverobbing.
In December, on our weekly show #MUNICIPALMANIA, we spoke with Dr. Shawn Utsey about his research documented in Until the Well Runs Dry regarding the history at the Medical College of VA of using black bodies in the name of medical advancement.

Part of Utsey's research was around a man named Chris Baker who was the medical college's anatomical man. There is a well documented history of Baker stealing bodies for the medical college. In 1882 Baker & med students were caught grave robbing together & Governor pardoned them.
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In 1968, Dr. Richard Lower completed one of the 1st successful human heart transplants. VCU celebrated the 50th anniversary of the transplant in 2018.

However, VCU didn’t have much to say last year about Bruce Tucker, the black man who involuntarily donated his heart. (1/15)🧜🏻‍♀️
In various articles & videos put out by the MCV Foundation, they celebrate the May 25, 1968 “success” but they consistently fail to mention the black man who was labeled as one of the “unclaimed dead” within an hour of being proclaimed dead. State law dictated a 24hr wait. (2/15)
In a 2018 MCV Foundation article about Dr. Lower they briefly highlighted the resulting court cause of the transplant. They use the court case victory to not just justify the actions of the doctor but celebrate his role in establishing the legal definition of brain dead. (3/15)🧜🏻‍♀️
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