Birth Certificate of Ruth Delacy Jones, 1914

Mary J. Majors, of 614 Taylor Street, signed many birth certificates during her career as a midwife in Lynchburg. In 1912, Virginia passed a vital statistics law requiring the registration of all births. Dr. Walter A. Plecker, who would later become notorious for his views on sterilization and racial purity, was the first registrar of vital statistics.

Loaned by Hazel Royal

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