My grandfather was a victim of this experiment. There was a nurse who came forth in 1994 whose name was Mary Starke. She was an intern at some point in the years this experiment was conducted. In a written apology, she stated that she in fact was instructed to give syphilis shots to otherwise healthy men and she did. It bothered her conscience in her later years and she felt the need to come forth with this information.
As a granddaughter, it made me feel something I'd pretty much thought throughout the years. Tuskegee is an extremely small historic town. There is no way that kind of wrongdoing could have gone on unnoticed. In those days and now, the church is the staple of the community. Not only did the government kill many righteous, hard-laboring men with a sexually transmitted disease, but many wives were made to bury their husbands never knowing that truth. The money from the settlement did not go to help the families. Only certain survivors received $15k period.
The lawyer, Fred Gray, the same lawyer who defended Rosa Parks, won the case and took the bulk of the money for himself. His office in Tuskegee was burned and all names and records of deceased are nowhere to be found. The only records are now displayed in medical journals online. It was once revealed that a quilt displaying their names was made by a women's group in Canada over 10 years ago. I have searched but could find no more info.