Buck v. Bell

Buck v. Bell (HM6IY)

Location: Charlottesville, VA 22903
Country: United States of America

N 38° 2.202', W 78° 29.303'

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In 1924, Virginia, like a majority of states then, enacted eugenic sterilization laws. Virginia's law allowed state institutions to operate on individuals to prevent the conception of what were believed to be "genetically inferior" children. Charlottesville native Carrie Buck (1906-1983), involuntarily committed to a state facility near Lynchburg, was chosen as the first person to be sterilized under the new law. The U.S. Supreme Court, in Buck v. Bell, on 2 May 1927, affirmed the Virginia law. After Buck more than 8,000 other Virginians were sterilized before the most relevant parts of the Act were repealed in 1974. Later evidence eventually showed that Buck and many others had no "hereditary defects." She is buried south of here.
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HM NumberHM6IY
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Marker NumberQ-28
Year Placed2002
Placed ByVirginia Department of Historic Resources
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, September 15th, 2014 at 5:11am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 720420 N 4212864
Decimal Degrees38.03670000, -78.48838333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 2.202', W 78° 29.303'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 2' 12.12" N, 78° 29' 18.18" W
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Area Code(s)434, 540
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 800 Preston Ave, Charlottesville VA 22903, US
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