Spring 2009 Issue

Miss Evers’ Boys

In October 2008 the Department of Fine Arts presented “Miss Evers’ Boys,” a play about the infamous Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

Over the course of four decades (1932-1972), the U.S. Public Health Service, in conjunction with the Tuskegee Institute, conducted a secret medical experiment on 399 poor black men from Macon County, Alabama. Doctors conducting the study hid the true nature of their research and did not treat the men with penicillin even after it became the standard and highly effective treatment for the disease in the mid-'40s. The story is told from the perspective of a small town nurse, Eunice Evers, played by senior Sabrina Seme, and four sharecroppers involved in the study; Samuel Umoh ’07, junior Donzell Williams, sophomore Chad Bell and junior Mcley LaFrance, portrayed the sharecroppers.