For New York’s earliest medical students, stealing corpses was a necessary evil. It was even the spark that led to one of the nation’s first riots. But how and why did the bodysnatchers of early New York operate? Whose graves were they plundering? And how did the city react to these “midnight entrepreneurs”?
Join us Wednesday, October 29 at ACME Studio for an illustrated lecture with author Bess Lovejoy as we open this forgotten chapter of New York City’s history. While discussing this controversial and unsettling part of our city's past we'll also delve into archeological research on the victims of the New York bodysnatchers at the African Burial Ground in lower Manhattan, and examine how they have been remembered in the city of today.
Bess Lovejoy is the author of Rest in Pieces: The Curious Fates of Famous Corpses, which Amazon.com named one of the best books of 2013. She has written about death, medical history, and other strange topics for The New York Times, The Smithsonian, The Wall Street Journal, Time, Lapham’s Quarterly, The Boston Globe, and elsewhere. Her article on the bodysnatchers of old New York appeared in Lapham's Quarterly Roundtable last year to much acclaim.
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Presented by Atlas Obscura at Acme Studios
63 N 3rd St, Brooklyn, New York
Wednesday, October 29 - Doors at 8:00pm; Talk begins at 8:30pm
$20 each - Advance Tickets Highly Recommended - Cash Bar