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Race and Vital Records

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Title

Race and Vital Records

Subject

Racial Integrity Act
Standards of Learning VS.1a, VS.1g, VS.8b, USII.1a, USII.1d, USII.4c

Description

This document is a letter from the Virginia State Registrar to all Local Registrars in Virginia demanding that the physicians and midwives take better care when writing ceritificates of birth and death. He explains that these certificates will become "legal records" that will eventually be used in court; therefore, he stresses the importance of having the correct information on the certificates. As well, the State Registrar expresses his concern over the fact that midwives and physicians are classifying "near-whites of negro blood" as "white" on birth certificates. He declares this practice a violation of the racial purity laws and a "penitentiary offense" The document states that Native Americans are of "negro mixtures," and it explains how to classify them on a birth certificate.

Source

Louisa County Historical Society Collection

Publisher

Louisa County Historical Society

Date

December 1, 1926

Rights

All items in our archives have been donated to The Louisa County Historical Society with express permission to use them only for not-for-profit purposes of education and individual research. We make them available online to further those ends. Anyone wishing to use images online or in printed publications must obtain express written permission to do so from the Louisa County Historical Society and the legal copyright holder. Users assume full responsibility for disputes arising from copyright violations or invasions of privacy.

Format

Document

Language

English

Type

Document

Identifier

054_2009_08_135008

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