1907 Indiana Eugenics Law

1907 Indiana Eugenics Law (HMJ3)

Location: Indianapolis, IN 46204 Marion County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 46.185', W 86° 9.812'

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By late 1800s, Indiana authorities believed criminality, mental problems, and pauperism were hereditary. Various laws were enacted based on this belief. In 1907, Governor J. Frank Hanly approved first state eugenics law making sterilization mandatory for certain individuals in state custody. Sterilizations halted 1909 by Governor Thomas R. Marshall.

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Indiana Supreme Court ruled 1907 law unconstitutional 1921, citing denial of due process under Fourteenth Amendment. A 1927 law provided for appeals in the courts. Approximately 2,500 people in state custody were sterilized. Governor Otis R. Bowen approved repeal of all sterilization laws 1974; by 1977, related restrictive marriage laws repealed.
HM NumberHMJ3
Series This marker is part of the Indiana: Indiana State Historical Bureau Markers series
Marker Number49.2007.1
Year Placed2007
Placed ByIndiana Historical Bureau, Indiana Universtiy, and Indiana University Foundation
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 8:34am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 571640 N 4402536
Decimal Degrees39.76975000, -86.16353333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 46.185', W 86° 9.812'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 46' 11.10" N, 86° 9' 48.72" W
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Area Code(s)317
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 175-199 N Senate Ave, Indianapolis IN 46204, US
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