Photo of Carrie Buck and her mother, Paul Lombardo
Interviewee: Paul Lombardo. The only photograph of Carrie Buck with her mother Emma, taken the day before she would stand trial before the collective onslaught of the American eugenics movement. (DNAi Location: Chronicle > Trial of Carrie Buck > Players > Fear in her eyes)
This photograph is the only existing picture of Carrie Buck and her mother Emma. It was taken the day before the famous trial, and shows Emma and Carrie united here for perhaps the first time since Carrie was a small child. If we look in Carrie's eyes we can see fear, perhaps fear from being examined by so many strangers, but also the knowledge that she was the person who had been chosen to test the new Virginia law.
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mma and Carrie Buck were committed to the Virginia Colony because they were unmarried mothers and were considered morally delinquent.
Emma Buck's gravestone
The day before the Virginia case, Arthur Estabrook photographed Carrie and Emma on a bench located at this spot in the Virginia Colony.
Virginia Sterilization Act. Source: Paul Lombardo, University of Virginia.
A photo of Carrie and her mother Emma was taken the day before the Virginia trial.
Carrie and Emma Buck on the day before the Buck vs. Bell trial in 1924.
Lombardo discusses the emotions that Carrie Buck may have been feeling before the Buck vs. Bell trial.
Paul Lombardo talks about Emma and Carrie Buck lived long lives and it is doubtful that either was mentally ill.
Paul Lombardo talks about Amherst County Courthouse was the first step of a legal case that would lead all the way to the Supreme Court.
Carrie Buck, who was stripped of her right to reproduce, was born only blocks away from Jefferson's rotunda at the University of Virginia, a symbol of American freedom.