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Tuskegee Syphilis Study symposium set for Thursday

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DOWNTOWN MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

The University of Memphis School of Law will join the National Civil Rights Museum April 3 with a symposium about the legal battle around the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

It will include the showing of a powerful documentary called "Bad Blood," about the syphilis study done on unsuspecting black men. It includes two experts on the case study, including the revered civil rights lawyer, Fred Gray, who fought and won the case.

"He was a young attorney in Alabama, had been the attorney for Rosa Parks, had been Martin Luther King, Jr.'s first civil rights attorney," said Amy T. Campbell, attorney. "In the 1970s he took on this case and for the families and survivors, was able to get them a large settlement as well as Tuskegee Memorial Center in Tuskegee.

"So they get first hand experience of what it's like working with families and survivors."

"Bad Blood," is based on James Jones' book of the same name. The documentary starts at 6 p.m. inside the NCRM theatre in Downtown Memphis. It is free of charge and the public is invited to attend.

FOX13 News anchor Mearl Purvis will moderate the discussion afterwards with both Gray and Jones.

The National Civil Rights Museum will reopen to the public Saturday after a lengthily renovation.

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