The $10 million appropriated for eugenics victims will be distributed equally among them starting in 2015. This is an effort to give more victims the opportunity to come forward and be authenticated. If a victim dies, their portion will move to their estate.
“I hope this provides some closure to what I believe is one of the darkest chapters in the state’s history,” Tillis said.
As for Riddick, she wants other states to follow North Carolina’s example but, “My goodness, they could’ve done this a long time ago.”
In an exclusive interview with Rock Center's Dr. Nancy Snyderman, North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue discussed righting a dark episode in her state's history: the sterilization of 7,600 people between 1929 and 1974. The sterilizations were the result of a now shuttered government run eugenics program.
Professor Johanna Schoen's research and tireless advocacy first brought wide attention to the plight of North Carolina's sterilization victims. Schoen told Rock Center's Dr. Nancy Snyderman, "There was no justice for these people and that really made me angry."