Trump administration opposing bid for syphilis study museum

Published: Jun. 24, 2017 at 8:24 AM CDT
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The Trump administration is opposing a bid to use unclaimed money from a court settlement to fund a museum honoring victims of the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study.

Government lawyers have filed papers saying money remaining from the 1975 agreement shouldn't go to the Tuskegee Human and Civil Rights Multicultural Center in Alabama.

The Justice Department says the money should go back to the government. But a lawyer who represented study victims wants an undisclosed amount of unclaimed money to go to the museum.

A federal judge is considering the request.

The study started in 1932 and continued for four decades. Government medical workers in rural, segregated Alabama withheld treatment from unsuspecting black men infected with syphilis so doctors could track the disease and dissect their bodies.