All posts in Eugenics and WNC

NC steriliation claim form image
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 which took place in Buncombe County. But the window for compensation claims closes at the end of June 2014.


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 ...


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 Sc ...

A portion of the summary file for a 18-year-old girl from Rutherford County who was sterilized during the state's eugenics program. The full document is available to be viewed below. 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 perso ...

  • Angie Newsome/Carolina Public Press
    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 ...

  • Elaine Riddick, one of the 132 confirmed victims of the state’s forced-sterilization program, speaks Tuesday afternoon to a Raleigh legislative committee considering a bill that, if passed, would compensate each confirmed victim with $50,000. Stephanie Soucheray/Carolina Public Press
    House committee approves compensation plan for eugenics victims
    May 23, 2012, Comments Off

    The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday pushed forward a bill introduced last week that would give each living, confirmed victim of North Carolina’s eugenics and forced-sterilization campaign $50,000 in compensation. It is estimated that ...