Author to Speak on the Stolen Heart Used in Virginia’s First Transplant

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Chip Jones, a former Richmond-Times Dispatch reporter, will visit Randolph-Macon to give a talk about his book, The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South.

The book details Jones’ groundbreaking reporting on Bruce Tucker, a Black man whose heart was used without his family’s consent in a heart transplant at the Medical College of Virginia in 1968. That transplant was the first in Virginia and is often lauded for its medical significance by the hospital and medical school, which is now part of VCU. The VCU Board of Visitors and VCU Health System Board of Directors have since acknowledged and apologized for the treatment of the late Bruce Tucker.

This free, public lecture will be held Monday, November 6 at 6 p.m. in the Dollar Tree Community Room of Brock Commons. It is sponsored by the Departments of History, Nursing, Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology, as well as the Black Studies Program, Honors Program and the Office of the Chaplain, with support from CASE.