N.C. dedicates marker to eugenics program
The state unveiled a historical marker in downtown Raleigh Monday afternoon to recognize the state Eugenics Board and remember those people who were sterilized.Posted — Updated
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.
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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