Below you will find a slide show of bonus photos related to The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks not included in the book’s photo insert. Hover your mouse over each image to see the photo’s caption below.
Also: for newly released archival photos of Crownsville State Hospital (formerly known as “The Hospital for The Negro Insane”), where Henrietta’s daughter was institutionalized until her death at age 15, visit the Baltimore Sun’s Crownsville Archives, for a slideshow and more information. And visit The Bowie State Scholars Studio and click on the “Crownsville” link for additional history and photos.
Listen to the Radiolab piece on The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks which includes audio footage from Rebecca Skloot’s research tapes. Hear the voice of George Gey and other central characters, and listen to key scenes from the book: Deborah seeing her mother’s cells for the first time, Gary Lacks’s faith healing, and more.
For more videos in which Rebecca Skloot discusses her writing and researching process (including telling several stories about her time with Deborah Lacks that didn’t end up in the book), how she came up with the braided structure for her book, how she writes about science so it’s understandable to a wide general audience, and much more, visit the Writing Resources page of this site.
You can also watch the BBC documentary, The Way of All Flesh, which Skloot discusses in several chapters of her book. (Link opens to new window.)
Please visit the Teaching page of this site for more resources related to The Immortal Life, including a timeline and cast of characters, discussions with Rebecca Skloot, additional photos and video footage, and more. For book groups interested in discussion guides and other book group related resources, please visit the Reading Groups page of this site. And see Rebecca’s detailed Frequently Asked Questions page, for extensive information on The Immortal Life, her writing process, what she’s doing now, updates on the Lacks family, and more.