FOR EXPLORATION BY THE FORTUNE’S BONES PROJECT
INITIAL 50 QUESTIONS
RAISED BY THE FIRST FORTUNE’S BONES PROJECT PLANNING COMMITTEE
1. Why / what do’t we know about the slave trade and slaveryin the n orth? New York, Connecticut, Mass., Rhode Island?
2. What was the principle work done by slaves in the northern regions of the US - 1620-1800?
3. What were common practices for obtaining human medical specimen 1600-1800? What are common practices for obtaining human medical specimen now?
4. What are the standards for use of human cadavers now?
5. How are human specimens used in medical education? Medical Research? / Medical treatment. Other courses of study and research?
6. What are the standards of medical ethics and laws governing the use of human cadavers in education, research and treatment?
7. Medical ethics and laws governing the use of live human subjects in education and research? Universitites, hospitals and health centers?
8. What kind of research has been done on Fortune’s bones in the past 75 years, by what kind of researchers? for what purposes?
9. How has research on Fortune's bones been documented?
10. What has the research on Fortune’s bones revealed? Anatomical results? Anthropological results? Forensics?
11. Have there been other discoveries or conclusions made based on the bones?
12. What do we know about Fortune’s origins? Birthplace?
13. What are the issues regarding Fortune’s DNA?
14. Are there still unanswered questions posed by Fortune’s bones?
15. What might new scientific methods reveal?? Are new techniques available for examining Fortune's bones?
16. Should we continue to do research on fortune’s bones or should we let him rest?
17. What do we know about data collection: medical, anthropological and historical at the Mattatuck Museum?
18. What should be done with Fortune’s bones? Who should decide?
19. Fortune, Venture Smith and other enslved persons whose lives have been documented…
20. Finding Fortune’s descendants - what strategies can be applied if any?
21. Methods of data collection: medical, anthropological,and historical at the mattatuck museum?
22. What hve we kearned frm Fortune? A multidisciplinary discussion
23. The community speaks? Community questions ans responses…
24. How did community awareness and interest in Fortune begin? in Waterbury?
25. Why was Fortune important to the Waterbury community?
26. Art as documentation: exploring literature, music, and visual arts
27. What was the process of transforming information / history into art? Medical illustrations? What was the process of Commissioning the poem? Commissioning the cantata?
28. What was the creative process for poet Marilyn Nelson?
29. What was the creative process for composer Ysaye Barnwell?
30. Reconstructing Fortune – The process of medical illustration?
31. Who should be talking with whom about the wounds of slavery? Whites and Blacks?, Whites and Whites?, Blacks and Blacks? The Academy and the Community?, legal bodies and institutions?
32. What are common or prevailing African and Africn American cuktural and spiritual beliefs and practices around death and burial? Native Americans? Other Cultures?
33. Lessons and issues from African Burial Ground Project in New york
34. Thoughts on reparations for slavery?
35. Can reparations heal? examples of reparations and their results.
36. Who are the MARYLAND 7?
37. What is the history of slavery in the building of universities like Harvard, Yale, University of Connecticut, Maryland?
38. FORTUNE MEETS TUSKEEGEE AND HENRIETTA LACKS: stolen slave bodies, slaves bought for medical experimentation, medical apartheid, reproductive constraints and involuntary sterilization, prison research, development of surgical technics, withdrawal of treatment, inducement of treatments...
39. What are the best ways to bring the Acdemy and the Community together to discuss these questions?
40. What should be done with the results of such discussions?
41. Where shoud Fortune’s bones be kept until burial?
42. Who re the critical people who should be part of this project? Anthropoogists, academicians, historians, sociologists, artists, theologians, community leaders, elders, etc.
43. Are there local historical sites that should be referenced / explored by this project?
44. Why is Fortune’s story relevent outside of Connecticut? outside of African American Communities?
45. Can this subject be a cross campus discussion on all university campuses?
46. Who should bury Fortune’s bones? Community, Family, Church, Museum?
47. What kind of service should be held, if any?
48. Where should Fortune’s bones be buried?
49. What relevence will the Fortune’s Bones Project find in this community?
50. Does the burial of Fortune’s bones end this discussion / exporation?