In Celebration of Black History Month, the School of Allied Health Professions Presents:

Chris Baker: Anatomical Man at the Medical College of Virginia in the late 1800’s


A Presentation and Conversation led by Shawn Utsey, PhD
Professor and Chair, VCU Department of African American Studies
February 23rd
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Room 114, MCV Alumni House and Paul A. Gross Conference Center
1016 E. Clay Street
Beverages and Cookies provided
This interactive event will explore the life and work of Chris Baker, Anatomical Man, who lived and worked at the Medical College of Virginia in the 1870s and 80s. The presentation will focus on Mr. Baker’s complex existence as an African American man living in the capital of the confederacy shortly after the civil war, working at the Medical College where his responsibilities included looking after the cadavers used in medical dissections. Chris was valued by the medical community, but despised and feared by his own community. We will explore how this legacy haunts the psyche of Richmond’s Black community even today.

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