North Carolina panel backs preserving memory of eugenics

Associated Press | Mar 5, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina lawmakers resolved to expand research and teaching about an abandoned state program of forced sterilizations, but compensation was off the agenda for now.

The House Health Committee approved a bill Thursday that directs North Carolina’s public schools to teach students about the eugenics program that ran from 1929 to 1974. North Carolina forcibly sterilized about 7,600 people thinking it could rid society of the mentally handicapped.

The bill orders the placement of a historical marker, directs university researchers to collect the stories of survivors, and seeks to digitize records.

Compensation of victims is being studied at a time the state is facing the prospect of big cuts to existing programs.

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