Flashpoint: Bones of MOVE bombing child victims held at Penn Museum — reaction and Penn apology

The Penn Museum
The Penn Museum came under fire after it was discovered the museum had the bones of child victims of the MOVE bombing in its possession. Photo credit Shara Dae Howard/KYW Newsradio

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — On the latest episode of Flashpoint, host Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the recent disclosure that the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology had kept the remains of child victims of the 1985 MOVE bombing in West Philadelphia.

The story broke in late April that Penn faculty, without permission, held onto the bones of 14-year-old Tree Africa and had used the bones in forensic anthropology classes. It is believed that the museum also has the bones of 12-year-old Delisha Africa in its collection as well.

The Penn Museum has apologized. Abdul-Aliy Muhammad, the journalist and activist who broke the story, discusses how he discovered what Penn had in its collection. Also, Michael Africa, Jr., who was six years old at the time of the MOVE tragedy, reacts on behalf of the MOVE family and also lays out their demands for resolution.

The newsmaker of the week is the Penn Museum. Dr. Christopher Woods, the museum's new director, attempts to walk the public through just how the institution got the bones of MOVE children, why the faculty kept them and just what the university is doing to resolve the situation and rebuild community trust. Woods has apologized on behalf of the University.

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Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on KYW Newsradio 103.9FM and 1060AM. It also airs at 5 a.m. Sundays on B101FM and WPHT 1210AM, at 6 a.m. on WOGL 98.1 and TDY 96.5 and 6:30a.m. on 94.1 WIP.

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