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Dr George Washington Carver Eugenics

Re: The development of eugenic sterilization - hidden numbers in the USA

Dr. Gerald L. Dudley, Senior Minister of Providence Baptist Church in Atlanta, Georgia, celebrated the 139th. Anniversary of the Church with a Rivival. Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr was guest speaker for the Rivival from Oct. 18th. to Oct. 20th. 2010.

The Church was filled with only aisle seating available. Those present were moved by Rev. Wright Jr.'s presentation of the 'word' because it was conveyed in a modern context. During the Rivival
Dr. Wright Jr. noted that, the great scientist and humanitarian, Dr. George Washington Carver was castrated. This accounts for Carver's high pitched voice. It also indicates that he was castrated before the onset of puberty and while living with an Anglo-European family in the US.

At the close of the Church Anniversary Service and Rivival Rev. Wright Jr. was presented with an award from an organization of African-American ministers in Atlanta.

Recognition that Dr Carver was castrated encouraged me to reflect on the unrecorded numbers of African-American men and women castrated or sterilized for social and eugenical reasons. Until recently, this population was excluded from medical history unless it was in a derogatory or demeaning context. There was limited research interest or general knowledge of public records, indicating such a medical-sociological history existed amongst the Diaspora throughout the United States. The lack of systematic health and social information regarding catagories of African-Americans castrated and sterilized suggests that there are greater numbers than recognized. For those studying and recording family genealogy in detail an examination of medical history ought to include medical procedures (voluntary or involuntary)that may have led to castration or sterilization of family members.

Those wishing a record of Rev. Wright Jr's presentation may obtain further information through the Church Secretary.

For further study read:

The SURGICAL SOLUTION:THE WRITINGS OF ACTIVIST PHYSICIANS IN THE EARLY DAYS OF EUGENICAL STERILIZATION.

Prospectives in Biology and Medicine: 1983 summer, 26(4):637-56

Thank you for the opportunity to comment.

I.M. Spence-Lewis MD


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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