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    August 22, 2011

    Henrietta Lacks’ Legacy Recognized with Virginia Historical Highway Marker

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    “A historical highway marker memorializing the legacy of Henrietta Lacks was dedicated at St. Matthew Baptist Church near Lacks’ final resting place,” reports the Gazette Virginian. “The Virginia Department of Historic Resources dedicated the marker to Lacks on July 29, 2011 close to her rural childhood home in Clover.”

    Henrietta Lacks historical marker dedication ceremony in Clover, Virginia. In addition to the general community, guests of honor included some of Henrietta Lacks’ children and grandchildren.

    Henrietta’s sons, David “Sonny” Lacks and Zakariyya Bari Abdul Rahman at the marker site honoring their mother.

    Henrietta Lacks’ family members, including her children and great-grandchildren at the historical marker site.

    Henrietta Lacks’ family members, including her children and great-grandchildren at the historical marker site.

    The historical highway marker, honoring Henrietta Lacks and her contributions to science.

    Photo credit, all photos: Virginia Department of Historic Resources

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