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Over 600 African American men from Macon County, Alabama participated in a U.S. Public Health Service study of the effects of untreated syphilis from 1932 - 1972. Treatment was withheld from nearly 400 men during the study period. Attorney Fred Gray will reveal the true story in “The Tuskegee Syphilis Study” at the ArchiTreats: Food For Thought program on Thursday, March 20th at 12:05 PM in the Alabama Department of Archives and History’s Milo B. Howard, Jr. Auditorium.
The Tuskegee Syphilis Study was exposed in a New York Times story in 1972 and an advisory panel determined the study to be “ethically unjustified.” A class-action lawsuit filed in 1973 by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People ended in a settlement that gave more that $9 million to the study participants. In 1997 President Clinton officially apologized on behalf of the United States for the wrong doing. Fred Gray, attorney for the men, will describe the background of the study, the investigation, and the lawsuit.
Gray is an attorney, minister, author, and served in the Alabama State Legislature. He was born in Montgomery, Alabama, and is a graduate of the Nashville Christian Institute in Tennessee; Alabama State University, Montgomery; and Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. Gray represented Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the civil rights movement. He is senior partner at the law firm of Gray, Langford, Sapp, McGowan, Gray & Nathanson which has law offices in Tuskegee and Montgomery. Currently he is President of the Alabama State Bar Association.
Fred Gray’s publications include Bus Ride to Justice and Tuskegee Syphilis Study. His books will be for sale at the ArchiTreats program and Gray will be available to sign copies after his presentation.
The noontime (12:05 PM) program is one in a series of monthly third-Thursday free lectures at the Alabama Archives, 624 Washington Avenue, Montgomery. Bring a sack lunch; coffee and tea will be provided by the Friends of the Alabama Archives.
For more information call (334) 242-4363, ext. 235.
Created: February 27, 2003
Alabama Department of Archives & History
624 Washington Avenue
Montgomery, Alabama 36130-0100
Phone: (334) 242-4435