THE WOMAN IN THE IRON COFFIN
On October 4 2011, construction workers uncover human remains in an abandoned lot in the Elmhurst neighbourhood of Queens, New York. So great is the level of preservation, they assume they have stumbled upon a recent homicide. Forensic analysis, however, reveals a remarkably different story. Buried in an elaborate and expensive iron coffin, the body belongs to a young African American woman who died in the first half of the 19th century, before the Civil War and the federal abolishment of slavery.
The Woman in the Iron Coffin follows forensic archaeologist Scott Warnasch and a team of historians and scientists as they investigate this woman’s story and the time in which she lived, revealing a vivid picture of what life was like for free African American people in the North.
Directed by Adam Luria
Production Company: Impossible Factual