Tu 08/14: BloomScreen presents: Until the Well Runs Dry

Tuesday, August 14th at 7:00 pm

Join BloomBars for the shocking story of the involvement of U.S. medical colleges in the illegal practice of grave robbing of African-American graves…

Until the Well Runs Dry: Medicine and the Exploitation of Black Bodies (2011, 51 min), by Shawn Utsey, Ph.D. – chronicles the involvement of well-known medical colleges in the practice of illegal grave robbing of Black cemeteries during the 19th century. In the 1800’s, medical colleges in the United States encouraged the practice of grave-robbing Black cemeteries for purposes of medical dissection.

Many in academia regarded blacks as inferior and expendable in the interest of medical study. Dr. Utsey makes the case that much of the historical mistrust of African-Americans towards the medical profession dates to this history of grave robbing, and other infamous incidents, such as the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiment.

The screening will be followed by audience discussion and Q&A.

*Suggested Donation: $10. Proceeds support BloomBars. Free organic popcorn.

BloomScreen Indie Film Night – is a weekly series of independent and foreign films, accompanied by discussions with filmmakers, experts, and other guests.

Directions: The location is 7 minutes walking distance from the Columbia Heights METRO Station , and a couple of local parking garages – Target and Giant. Street parking is available on 11th St and on Kenyon St – directly adjacent to Harriet Tubman Elementary School.