Lynchburg City School Board

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Date: 2000

Region: North America

Subject: Explicit Sexuality

Medium: Textbook


Artist: High school biology textbook

Confronting Bodies: The Lynchburg City School Board

Dates of Action: September, 2000

Location: Lynchburg, Virginia

Description of Artwork: A biology textbook with an illustration of a vagina

The Incident: The Lynchburg City School Board voted to censor a science textbook because it included a picture of a vagina, despite the fact that a committee of parents, teachers, and students approved the book prior to the beginning of the semester.

Results of Incident: Board members agreed to purchase the textbooks only if the illustration was removed. School officials blacked out, tore out, or placed some sort of unremovable label over the illustration before it was given to students. The 200 books, minus the vagina illustration, were used for the following months in Lynchburg City biology courses.

Source: HamptonRoads.com, NCAC