North Carolina
Department of Administration

Beverly Eaves Perdue, GovernorMoses Carey Jr., Secretary


Date
March 19, 2012
Contact
Jill Warren Lucas
Release
Immediate
Phone
919-807-2496

More than 100 Eugenics Victims in 48 Counties Verified by State
Gov. Bev Perdue Encourages More to Come Forward

RALEIGH – The N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation today announced an increase in the number of verified victims sterilized by the state’s former Eugenics Board program.  More than 100 people have been matched to state program records and the Foundation is encouraging more people to come forward.

As of today, 111 individuals whose procedures were conducted in 48 counties have been matched to the state’s Eugenics Board program records.  Lenoir County, where the Caswell Center is located, has the highest number of matches with 18. Mecklenburg, which had the highest number of procedures of any North Carolina county, follows with 10 verifications, then Wake with nine. However, three of the counties ranked in the Top 10 for number of procedures have no matches to date.

“I am putting together the compensation plan for inclusion in my budget and I encourage anyone who believes they are a victim to contact the Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “They are working hard to identify individuals who were affected, and the steady increase in matches with archived records is an important step in this process.”

The Foundation continues to receive a steady flow of incoming verification requests and has received more than 1,300 phone inquiries since January, said Foundation Executive Director Charmaine Fuller Cooper.  As public support for North Carolina’s sterilization victims continues to increase, the number of verified victims is expected to rise. 

“North Carolina operated the most aggressive eugenics program in the nation, sterilizing the majority of its program victims after World War II and the Holocaust. Anyone could have been subjected to a sterilization order and the chances for sterilization were great for those in poverty,” Fuller Cooper said.  “Victims have courageously stepped forward to tell their stories and their courage has inspired more people to contact the Foundation.”

In January, Gov. Bev Perdue’s Eugenics Compensation Task Force recommended a tax free lump sum payment of $50,000 to living victims and those who were alive when initially verified by the Foundation.  The Task Force also recommended providing mental health services to victims, creation and expansion of permanent and traveling eugenics exhibits, and continuation of the Sterilization Victims Foundation.  The Governor’s recommendations are expected to be included in the budget she submits to lawmakers.

State lawmakers are responsible for the final determination of the type and source of any compensation provided. The matter, which has generated bipartisan support, may be among the bills considered during the short legislative session this coming May.

The N.C. Eugenics Board implemented a program of involuntary sterilization that took place in all 100 counties between 1929 and 1974. By the end of the program, nearly 7,600 documented people were sterilized.  See following page for a county breakdown of verified victims based on the county of residence listed on sterilization petitions.  This breakdown is compared to sterilizations performed per county during the peak program years of 1946 through 1968.

The Sterilization Victims Foundation is continuing to receive verification inquiries from people who feel that they were impacted by the state’s former Eugenics Board program. If you believe you are or know someone who may have been affected by the program, call the toll-free hotline 877-550-6013 (or 919-807-4270) for information, or visit the Foundation's website: www.sterilizationvictims.nc.gov.

Rank

County of Residence (at time of procedure)

Sterilizations Performed - July 1946 to June 1968

Number of verified victims (3/19/2012)

Rank

County of Residence (at time of procedure)

Sterilizations Performed - July 1946 to June 1968

Number of verified victims (3/19/2012)

1

Mecklenburg

485

10

51

Gates

41

0

2

Guilford

167

2

52

Madison

40

0

3

Gaston

161

1

53

Orange

40

0

4

Pitt

142

2

54

Pasquotank

39

0

5

Buncombe

139

0

55

Northampton

37

0

6

Forsyth

128

5

56

Davidson

36

0

7

Rowan

120

1

57

Martin

36

0

8

Scotland

114

0

58

Perquimans

36

2

9

Wake

114

9

59

Craven

35

2

10

Hertford

106

0

60

Onslow

35

0

11

Iredell

104

2

61

Pamlico

35

1

12

Wilkes

100

3

62

Randolph

33

1

13

Alamance

93

3

63

Union

31

0

14

Cumberland

89

2

64

Yadkin

30

0

15

Wayne

85

3

65

Avery

29

0

16

Durham

82

1

66

Carteret

29

1

17

Surry

82

4

67

Henderson

29

0

18

Catawba

80

0

68

Ashe

28

0

19

Moore

78

0

69

Haywood

28

0

20

Cabarrus

77

0

70

Hoke

28

1

21

Duplin

75

2

71

Pender

27

1

22

Robeson

75

1

72

Watauga

26

0

23

Bladen

73

0

73

Caswell

24

0

24

Cleveland

72

1

74

Beaufort

23

0

25

New Hanover

72

2

75

Chowan

23

1

26

Nash

70

0

76

Brunswick

22

1

27

Person

70

1

77

Mitchell

22

0

28

Franklin

64

1

78

Jackson

20

0

29

Lenoir

61

18

79

Stanly

20

0

30

Caldwell

59

0

80

Stokes

19

0

31

Burke

56

4

81

Cherokee

18

0

32

Sampson

56

1

82

Polk

18

0

33

Harnett

55

0

83

Camden

17

1

34

Wilson

55

1

84

Montgomery

17

0

35

Johnston

54

1

85

Swain

17

1

36

Chatham

53

2

86

Davie

16

0

37

Rockingham

53

1

87

Greene

16

0

38

Rutherford

51

0

88

Alexander

14

0

39

Lee

50

0

89

Macon

14

0

40

Edgecombe

49

0

90

Clay

13

0

41

Columbus

48

1

91

Yancey

13

0

42

Vance

47

1

92

Graham

11

0

43

Halifax

46

1

93

Jones

11

0

44

Lincoln

46

1

94

Dare

9

0

45

Richmond

46

0

95

Granville

7

3

46

Transylvania

46

1

96

Hyde

7

3

47

Anson

44

0

97

Washington

7

1

48

Bertie

44

1

98

Currituck

6

0

49

Warren

44

1

99

Alleghany

5

0

50

McDowell

43

0

100

Tyrrell

4

0

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NOTE: To review the Eugenics Compensation Task Force Final Report, visit http://www.sterilizationvictims.nc.gov/documents/FinalReport-GovernorsEugenicsCompensationTaskForce.pdf.