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Syphilis Study Legacy Committee


In February of 1994 at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library in Charlottesville, VA, a symposium was held entitled "Doing Bad in the Name of Good?:

The Tuskegee Syphilis Study and Its Legacy." Resulting from this gathering was the creation of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study Legacy Committee which met for the first time on January 18-19, 1996. 

The committee had two goals; (1) to persuade President Clinton to apologize on behalf of the government for the atrocities of the study and (2) to develop a strategy to address the damages of the study to the psyche of African-Americans and others about the ethical behavior of government-led research; rebuilding the reputation of Tuskegee through public education about the study, developing a clearinghouse on the ethics of scientific research and scholarship and assembling training programs for health care providers.

After intensive discussions, the Committee's final report in May of 1996 urged President Clinton to apologize for the emotional, medical, research and psychological damage of the study. On May 16th at a White House ceremony attended by the men, members of the Legacy Committee and others representing the medical and research communities, the apology was delivered to the surviving participants of the study and families of the deceased.

Committee Members Included:

  • Ms. Myrtle Adams

Chairman, Macon County Health Care Authority

  • Ms. Patricia Clay

Administrator, Macon County Health Care Authority

  • Dr. James A. Ferguson (now deceased) 

Dean, School of Veterinary Medicine

Tuskegee University

  • Dr. John C. Fletcher, co-chair

Director, Center for Biomedical Ethics

Cornfield Professor of Religious Studies

University of Virginia

  • Dr. Vanessa Northington Gamble, chair

former Associate Professor of History of Medicine and Family Medicine

University of Wisconsin Medical School

(former Director of the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care)

  • Dr. Lee Green

Assistant Professor

University of Alabama

  • Ms. Barbara Harrell

Director, Division of Minority Health

Alabama Department of Public Health

  • Dr. Bill Jenkins


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Dr. James H. Jones

Professor of History

University of Houston

  • Dr. Ralph Katz


Department of Behavioral Sciences and Community Health

School of Dental Medicine

University of Connecticut Health Center

  • Ms. Joan Echtenkamp Klein

Assistant Director for Historical Collections and Services

Health Sciences Library

University of Virginia Health System

  • Dr. Susan Reverby

Luella LaMer Professor for Women's Studies

Wellesley College

  • Dr. Reuben Warren

Associate Director for Minority Health

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 (now Director of the Tuskegee University National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care)

  • Mr. Anthony Winn

Program Analyst

Minority Health Professions Foundation