All posts in Eugenics and WNC

Rita Thompson Swords, 73, was sterilized by the state when she was a 21-year-old unwed mother.  John D. Simmons/Charlotte Observer
January 21, 2015, Comments Off

Advocates for North Carolina’s eugenics victims are asking state lawmakers to close what they see as a loophole that may be making victims ineligible for compensation.

A portion of the summary file for a 18-year-old girl from Rutherford County who was sterilized during the state's eugenics program. Click to view full-size image.

Approximately 213 qualify under Eugenics Compensation Program, initial determinations continue

October 2, 2014, Comments Off

As of Sept. 30, 2014, the Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims has forwarded 786 claim forms from potential Eugenics Board sterilization victim ...

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Victims of NC’s sterilization program face deadline for compensation

April 17, 2014, Comments Off

North Carolina will soon be the first state in the nation to compensate victims of an officially sanctioned sterilization program, a large number of w ...


New state budget plan outlines key WNC impacts

July 23, 2013, Comments Off

A look at how mountain-area items are faring in the new NC state budget, as the compromise spending plan, released Sunday, is slated for votes at the ...

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    State House budget released, details potential WNC impacts
    June 10, 2013, Comments Off

    A hefty tuition hike for out-of-state students, compensation for victims of the state’s eugenics program and planning for a new western School of Science and Math are among the differences between the new House budget proposal and one app ...

  • A portion of the summary file for a 18-year-old girl from Rutherford County who was sterilized during the state's eugenics program. Click to view full-size image.
    First Buncombe sterilization victim verified
    October 19, 2012, Comments Off

    The first sterilization in Buncombe County has been vertified, according to the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation. An additional person in McDowell County has also been verified, bringing the total confirmed victims to six i ...

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    Eugenics compensation not included in Senate bill
    June 12, 2012, Comments Off

    The Senate Appropriations Committee is conducting a hearing this morning to discuss aspects of its budget bill, which includes no funding for eugenics compensation or to continue the work of the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Founda ...

  • An excerpt from a 1950 pamphlet disseminated by the Human Betterment League of North Carolina, a private group that promoted the sterilization of the state's "mental defectives." George H. Lawrence, superintendent of public welfare for Buncombe County, was the group’s founding president. These minutes of an October 1950 meeting of the N.C. Eugenics Board summarize the decision to sterilize a Buncombe County woman who was deemed "feebleminded." Source: N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation website,
    House passes eugenics compensation bill
    June 6, 2012, Comments Off

    A bill to compensate victims of the state’s former Eugenics Board program was passed Tuesday by House members and now advances to the Senate. It calls for a $50,000 lump-sum payment to living, confirmed victims of the program and for the ...