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Government Study: Memorial Garden and Descendants

government study: The head of an organization for descendants of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study said the money could help fund college scholarships the group provides, and members would like to develop a memorial garden dedicated to the men, according to Metro News. Some of the funds also could go to a county-owned museum located in Tuskegee that has separately requested the funds, but the decision should be up to the descendants, said Lillie Tyson Head, president of the Voices of our Fathers Legacy Foundation. Descendants of hundreds of black men who were left untreated for syphilis during an infamous government study want a judge to give them any money remaining from a 9 million legal settlement over the program. It was meant to go to the descendants in the first place, Head, who lives in Virginia, said in an interview Friday. Fred Gray, an attorney who heads the museum and represented study participants in the lawsuit, said he had not seen the group's letter and declined comment on the request. The Voices group has sent a letter to U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson asking him to withhold a decision on the money until they have time to hire a lawyer and file documents in the long-running, class-action lawsuit over the study. ( As reported in the news.