WCN Transmedia Group Documentary Showcase: “Hole In the Head: A Life Revealed”
What can we learn about this incredible story and what can the awareness accomplish in righting this wrong. From the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments and now this. President Obama, your attention is required and leadership vital. Many in White America want to know why African Americans tend to be angry, this tragedy is certainly an example of the horror that we have endured. We thank Smith Lenard Productions for having the courage to create this film. And to the family we stand with you and support your demands for both an apology and comphensation. America we must do better….. Please start by bringing home our troops. A moral ground for Foriegn occupation for OIL is not only wrong its totally unnecessary.
VERTUS WELBORN HARDIMAN (1922-2007)
Vertus Hardiman was born March 9, 1922 in Lyles Station, Indiana, one of the earliest original Negro settlements. The Hardiman family was one of its earliest settlers. In 1928, Vertus attended Lyles Consolidated School, a school for children in grades one through eight. His favorite subject was mathematics, and it was here that he found comfort and isolation from the racial tension of his time.
He soon matriculated to Lincoln High School in nearby Princeton where, in 1941, he graduated with honors. This success he accomplished in spite of the tremendous obstacle he had to overcome most his life — a horrific crime of medical experimentation suffered as a child of five years. He hid this secret for 80 years, never disclosing his condition but instead choosing never to complain or otherwise discuss his challenge while living life on his terms. Vertus’ life was an example to others of the triumph of the human spirit.
In 1945 Vertus traveled to California in search of broader opportunity. In 1946 he began a long career with the County of Los Angeles General Hospital, where he served with distinction. He was ultimately honored not only for 40 years of loyal service but also with the notable achievement of a perfect attendance record; Vertus’ work ethic was exemplary.
Vertus lived his last years in Altadena and was a faithful member of First AME Church of Pasadena, California. The center of his existence, his church family cherished both his kindness and wisdom — traits he shared so freely. He spread love and compassion on each person whose life he touched and was always willing to serve in multiple capacities. He was a giant in human spirit who uplifted the spirits of those he touched. Vertus encouraged his community with his wisdom, saying, “You never get anything unless you work for it.” “I never borrowed money, I always looked ahead and planned ahead for my needs,” or “I was blessed by the Lord who told me I had to provide for myself.”
He also strongly encouraged young people to “keep their aim high in the belief that they are somebody.” He insisted that education is the foundation for creating a heaven while here on earth. Vertus never borrowed money and was able to save amazing amounts by investing his funds in real estate which he bequeathed to both First AME Church and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF). Vertus harbored no anger and was known to say frequently, “If I were angry, my prayers would not be answered and your heart’s not right if you’re angry.”
Many honored Vertus Welborn Hardiman, a glowing example of a man who, through his great love for others and spirit of forgiveness, carved out his way to happiness with hard work and perseverance culminating in a reunion with the Lord. His journey was complete on June 1, 2007.