Hole in the Head: Radiation Experiment in 1928 on Five Young Black Boys

Written by Jae Jones

Five little African American boys attending Lyles Consolidated School in 1928, were used as human guinea pigs. The school was located in Lyles Station, Indiana and was founded by freed slaves. One of the students attending the school at that time was Vertus Welborn Hardiman.

Each child was used as an experiment to gauge the use of radiation on the human cranium. Hardiman’s head was so severely damaged that he spent the rest of his life wearing wigs and hats and tormented by young children and some adults. Hardiman went on to become a self-sufficient man, moving to California in the 1940s and starting a career at the County of Los Angeles General Hospital for 40-years. When he retired he left with a perfect attendance record. He also made a fortune in real estate and at the time of his death left it all to the United Negro College Fund and First AME Church of Pasadena. Hardiman shared his story in the video below.

Hardiman did not feel hatred toward those who harmed him and his young friends without regard for their life or existence. He was often known to say, “If I were angry, my prayers would not be answered and your heart’s not right if you’re angry.”He died in 2007.

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Vertus Hardiman: A Man With Courage

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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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