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N.C. dedicates marker to eugenics program

Posted June 22, 2009

— State officials dedicated a historical marker to remember the forced sterilization program that affected thousands of people in North Carolina.

N.C. remembering victims of sterilization program N.C. remembering victims of sterilization program

The North Carolina Highway Historical Marker was dedicated Monday afternoon at the North Carolina Community Colleges building at 200 West Jones St. in Raleigh.

“Well these people should not be forgotten because they are essentially victims of false science, and that is one of the things this highway marker will represent," said Jeffrey J. Crow, deputy secretary for the state Department of Cultural Resources. "It is a chapter of the state’s history, which perhaps is not one that people would like to remember. But it is something people need to recognize so it doesn’t happen again in the future."

Social reformers advocated for eugenics programs a century ago as a way to cleanse society of the mentally handicapped and mentally ill. North Carolina adopted its program in 1929 and aggressively continued the program after World War II, targeting the program at the poor.

About 7,600 people were sterilized between 1929 and 1975. A state House panel has recommended that the state give $20,000 to victims of the eugenics program. The legislation is currently under review by the Rules Committee.

North Carolina was one of more than two dozen states that ran eugenics programs, but it's the only one to have proposed compensation, first back in 2003.


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  • FromClayton Jun 23, 2009

    i still do not approve with my tax money being spent this way in this horrible economy. I want to know the names of every single legislator who wasted my money this way. They should not be voted in again.

  • ohmygosh Jun 23, 2009

    It all starts with welfare payments and bleeding hearts. Natural selection used to apply to the human species too.

  • PaulRevere Jun 22, 2009

    Just wait until your government run health care tells you that you can't carry your DownsSyndrome baby (or insert your own "condition") to term because he or she will be a burden to the system. Be very, very careful what you wish for from the government.

  • colliedave Jun 22, 2009

    Charles Darwin and Margret Sanger would be proud advocates of the program.

  • WHEEL Jun 22, 2009

    Good move. Maybee Bev can get the Legislature to raise taxes to fund this also. When will the IDIOCY end!

  • FromClayton Jun 22, 2009

    sure. it's not like we are in a recession or anything...

  • ParadoxInLife Jun 22, 2009

    Just remember this when you start arguing that the government has your best interests in mind. Especially in 25 years when they need to cut the cost of health care again because we can't support the debt load anymore.

  • ShareTheRoad Jun 22, 2009

    while we are all remembering the program, why not bring it back with a few tweaks for people who feel the need to create more offspring in order to lengthen the time they can collect welfare benefits? forced sterilization isnt a bad thing in every instance. not saying what they did years ago was okay, but the idea might be a good one to change a bit and revisit...

  • joco cruiser Jun 22, 2009

    I think the legislators just "have" to spend money. PERIOD.

  • ballyhoo21 Jun 22, 2009

    More wasted money, When will this chaos stop.