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The Official Website of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group

Our Mission

Ours is a non-profit (501 c 3) organization that exists to protect, preserve, and promote the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and her contributions to modern medicine (via HeLa Cells) and promote conversations around health equity. It also exists to serve as a clearing house for activities that extend Lacks’ legacy and historic of Turner Station, Maryland, where Lacks resided at the time of her death.

Achieving Our Mission

To achieve our mission, Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group:

• Promotes health equity
• Promotes community health
• Facilitates discussion, debate, and dialogue over issues of clinical research, health equity and related issues

The amazing Henrietta Lacks, born in 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia, has left a tremendous contribution to science and medicine. Lacks died of cervical cancer in 1951. Cells taken from her body without her knowledge were used to form the HeLa cell line, which has been used extensively in medical research since that time.
Read her biography here.


Board of Directors Meeting

12:00 PM - 01:30 PM
101 Avon Beach Road Turner Station, MD 21222

Fourth Annual Luncheon

641 Main Street Turner Station, MD 21222

5th Annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Steelworkers Program

The 5th Annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Steelworkers Program
At the Fleming Senior Center,
641 Main Street, Turner Station, MD 21222

Saturday, April 3, 2019
12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Keynote Speaker: Mr. Bill Barry, Labor Historian
Honoree: Mr. Lee Douglass, First African American Shop Steward
at Sparrows Point

For more information contact
Muriel Gray at (443) 248 4430
or send an email to

In the News


Submissions from Special Needs Students: Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group 6th Annual Essay and Video Competition

On Friday, November 16, members of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group visited the Separate Public Day School, Claremont High School, to discuss Henrietta Lacks and her contributions to medicine.  The group also collected submissions from students. This marked the first time in 6 years that the Annual Essay and Video Competition accepted submissions from special needs students.

According to Servant Courtney Speed, Daniel Appleby, 12th grade language arts teacher at Claremont, reached out to HLLG after reading an article about the essay and video competition in the Dundalk Eagle.  “He wanted to know if a category could be created for special needs students because he teaches his students the Rebecca Skloot book,” she added.

After some consultation with judges and Mr. Appleby, the competition is now open to special needs students in high and middle schools.  Submissions may include text and graphics/artwork and address one of the two topics:  the contributions of Mrs. Lacks to modern medicine and why it is important to remember her today or write a letter to Mrs. Lacks and share how you feel about the contribution her cells have made to society.

During a discussion with HLLG, students reported overwhelming that the best thing they liked about Mrs. Lacks story are the miracle of her cells and her family.  Senior Juanye Jones reported that he, “Liked that her cells were used to make lotion.”

Jerri Lacks Whye, granddaughter of Henrietta Lacks, will present the awards in the special needs category during the Black History Month Event scheduled for February 24, 2019, from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 651 Mount Olive Road, Turner Station, MD 21222.  According to Whye, “It is a pleasure to present the awards in honor of my aunt Elsie, my grandmother’s oldest daughter.”

All middle, high and home school students are invited to submit work by Monday,

December 31, 2018 at Midnight to: .

Our 3rd Annual Luncheon Sponsors