This survey is intended to collect information regarding public awareness of and perceptions about the people, buried at the Virginia State Penitentiary in the late 19th century, whose skeletons were excavated in the 1990s. You can learn more about the site and how the skeletons were discovered at: https://youtu.be/vh6yfF5ehTE

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* 1. If you were aware of the penitentiary human remains prior to receiving this survey, when did you become aware about them?

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* 2. What questions do you think are most important to learn about the site?

  Not Important Somewhat Important Very Important
Who the prison population were and how they were treated
How these people died and what can be learned from their bones about their health and nutrition
What racial and gender groups make up the prisoners in the penitentiary and the bodies found in the cemetery
How the cemetery was forgotten about
How the individuals were buried and what items they were buried with
What their burial items can tell us about the people buried in the cemetery
Why this excavation and burials weren’t published on when they were excavated
What further research could be conducted on these remains
What various Richmond communities want to happen to the bones
How these remains might be reburied

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* 3. What amount of influence do you believe the following groups should have over what happens to the remains?

  No Influence Some Influence Greatest Influence
Richmond residents
Virginia residents
Families descended from prisoners
Current Virginia incarcerated population
Members of the Virginia African-American population
Archaeologist and physical anthropologists

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* 4. How do you think it is most important for Virginians and visitors to learn about these remains in the future?

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* 5. How does learning about this site make you feel?

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* 6. Do you have any stories from when the penitentiary was in use? Is there anything else you would like us to know about your thoughts on the penitentiary cemetery and the individuals whose remains were found there?

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* 7. Do you know of organizations, groups, or individuals who might be interested in participating in this process? Please let us know which, if so.

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* 8. If you would like to learn more about this site, receive followup information, or to assist with the project, please provide your name and email.

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* 9. Please enter the following demographic information in whatever way is meaningful for you:

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