Exhibit profiles NC history of Eugenics
News 14 Carolina Staff; WSSU news release
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- A disappointing and sad part of North Carolina's history is on display at Winston-Salem State University.
Eugenics, the study of guiding human evolution by means of selective breeding and forced sterilization, ran from 1929 all the way to 1974 as a health program.
The exhibit, which includes 14 three-foot wide panels and features several actual instruments used to perform procedures, will be on display in WSSUâ™s F.L. Atkins Building through January 31, 2008.
More than 7,600 people were sterilized under the program. Some people requested sterilization, but many were forced against their will. In some cases, victims were children as young as 14, who had no knowledge or understanding of the procedure.
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