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San Diego Museum Of Man ‘Decolonizing’ Collection Of Human Remains

San Diego Museum of Man's main entrance in Balboa Park, July 27, 2018.

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Above: San Diego Museum of Man's main entrance in Balboa Park, July 27, 2018.

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San Diego's Museum of Man is putting more thought into whether or not it should be displaying human remains.

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Aired: May 21, 2019 | Transcript

San Diego's Museum of Man is putting more thought into whether or not it should be displaying human remains.

The museum is one of many undergoing a process called "decolonization," which involves evaluating how remains and artifacts are collected and displayed.

The museum's new policy requires having permission from family members or the cultural community of the dead person to put remains on display.

Peter Rowe, senior reporter with The San Diego Union-Tribune, joins Midday Edition to discuss his story on what the museum is doing with the human remains collected during its early years.

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