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Re: “Sara Holbrook Community Center's Namesake Linked to Eugenics Movement

Not knowing enough about Sara Holbrook, I can't address the complex issues here. But I would advocate for commemorative efforts to uncover and remember history, warts and all. We're none of us perfect, but we can learn from and teach future generations about past mistakes. It is not much to offer those who have been wronged, but it's not nothing.
A line that easily and clearly marks a eugenicist as worthy of condemnation is advocating for or otherwise supporting imposed permanent sterilization. I have no idea whether Holbrook crossed that line. I know from primary evidence that Bailey of former "Bailey-Howe Library" did. I just wish UVM would set up a permanent educational memorial of the sad chapter.

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Posted by JAB on 09/19/2019 at 2:22 PM

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