OPELIKA, Ala. -- Ernest Hendon, at 96 the last living survivor of the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study, died on Friday, the lawyer who represented the plaintiffs in a lawsuit said in a statement.
Mr. Hendon was one of 623 men who unwittingly participated in the experiment by the US Public Health Service to examine the effects of untreated syphilis on a group of Macon County black men from 1932 to 1972. The men were not told they had the disease and in 1972 filed a federal suit. The government agreed to provide free medical care and $9 million in payments to the victims and their families.
In 1997, President Bill Clinton apologized to the study participants. Mr. Hendon did not attend the ceremony, but observed the apology over a special satellite feed to Tuskegee.