Sunday, October 23, 2022

WALTER PLECKER AND THE RACIAL INTERGRITY ACT OF 1924


                                                   (CLICK ON PHOTO FOR DETAILS)  

 As registrar, Walter Plecker directed the reclassification of nearly all Virginia Indians as colored on their birth and marriage certificates, because he was convinced that most Indians had African heritage and were trying to "pass" as Indian to evade segregation. Consequently, two or three generations of Virginia Indians had their ethnic identity altered on these public documents. Fiske reported that Plecker's tampering with the vital records of the Virginia Indian tribes made it impossible for descendants of six of the eight tribes recognized by the state to gain federal recognition, because they could no longer prove their American Indian ancestry by documented historical continuity.[ 

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