anatomical lewis

Anatomical Lewis was so-named by the University community because he cleaned the Anatomical Theater and dealt with the University’s medical cadavers. He lived in a room in the wood yard located behind Pavilion VII. Not only did Lewis endure a sordid job and poor living conditions, he was an outcast of the community. 

Sadly, he was “regarded by the children very much as an ogre.” Whether he left the University by death or by sale is unknown. By 1860, Lewis no longer appears in University records. For all the research and accounts we have about enslaved laborers in the university, there are hundreds more that went undocumented and whose stories we’ll never know.

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