Author: C. D. Shackelford

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Carrie Buck Adjudged “Feeble-minded or Epileptic” (January 23, 1924)

Responding to a petition by her foster parents, a court in Charlottesville adjudges the pregnant eighteen-year-old Carrie Buck to be feebleminded and commits her to the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded in Madison Heights, near Lynchburg. She will later be sterilized, and an appeal of the order authorizing that procedure and the Virginia law behind will be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Buck v. Bell (1927).

PRIMARY DOCUMENT

Carrie Buck Committed (January 23, 1924)

Responding to a petition by her foster parents, a court in Charlottesville adjudges the pregnant eighteen-year-old Carrie Buck to be feebleminded and commits her to the Virginia State Colony for Epileptics and Feeble-Minded in Madison Heights, near Lynchburg. She will later be sterilized, and an appeal of the order authorizing that procedure and the Virginia law behind will be upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in Buck v. Bell (1927).