Near Notasulga in Macon County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church "The Tree"
It was under this tree that participants in the U.S. Public Health Study of Untreated Syphilis in Negro Males in Macon County, Alabama, met to wait for Nurse Rivers, the Shiloh School nurse, to come and either administer treatment, update health history, or transport the men to Tuskegee for treatment.
Erected by the Shiloh Community Restoration Foundation.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African Americans • Churches & Religion • Education • Science & Medicine. In addition, it is included in the Historic Trees 🌲 series list.
Location. 32° 31.672′ N, 85° 40.681′ W. Marker is near Notasulga, Alabama, in Macon County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Tuskegee Street (Alabama Route 81) and Shiloh Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: Tuskegee Street, Notasulga AL 36866, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church - Baptismal (within shouting distance of this marker); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church - Church PriviesShiloh-Rosenwald School / Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Camp Watts (approx. 0.4 miles away); Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Birthplace of Zora Neale Hurston (approx. 2.7 miles away); Bethlehem (approx. 2.9 miles away); The Control Tower (approx. 4.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Notasulga.
Regarding Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church "The Tree". Approximately 50 members of the Church were recruited into the study for which they thought they were receiving treatment for “bad blood”, when in fact, they were never told the true nature of their disease, nor were they offered any treatment, even after the availability of penicillin, the curative drug for syphilis. Many of these men are buried in the Shiloh Cemetery.
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Also see . . . Wikipedia article on the Tuskegee syphilis experiment. (Submitted on June 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on June 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 530 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on June 9, 2016, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.