State officials over the past year have been taking a look back at an unpleasant bit of our state’s past: a eugenics program that sterilized thousands of women in the mid-20th century. Gov. Beverly Perdue earlier this year created a task force to figure out how to compensate survivors. And just this week, House Speaker and state Rep. Thom Tillis (R-Cornelius) said lawmakers should approve legislation to pay victims.
Reporter Julie Rose, of our news partner WFAE-FM, recently investigated the role of Mecklenburg County officials in sterilizations. She found that there were three times the number of sterilizations here than in the next closest county. Read or listen to her report, which aired on WFAE and NPR news, and find related maps and documents about the sterilization program.
LINK: Aug. 24, 2011, “Uncovering the Past: Mecklenburg’s Role in Sterilization.”