Lynchburg City School Board
Region: North America
Subject: Explicit Sexuality
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