Six Months After Rebecca Skloot's Book Topped the Best-Seller List, Lacks Finally Honored In Hometown

August 6th, 2010

Turner Station to honor Lacks
Wednesday, 04 August 2010 08:42

A historic landmark dedication service will be held in honor of former Turner Station resident Henrietta Lacks on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 1 p.m. at Union Baptist Church, 105 Main Street.

At the service, a historical marker will be dedicated at the site of the Lacks’ family home, located at 713 New Pittsburg Ave.

Lacks, who died of cervical cancer in 1951, was the unknowing donor of cells harvested from her cancerous tumor. These cells were cultured and today make up the HeLa cell line. HeLa cell research has been a vital tool in fighting many diseases for over 50 years.

The service will begin at 1 p.m. with an opening ceremony and a walk to the Lacks’ family home. Following the service, a celebration will be held, featuring music and speakers from local churches.

For more information on the event, call Jeri Lacks at 410-282-5072 or Courtney Speed at 410-285-8640.

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