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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.


Earth Day Commemoration and Environmental STEM Event!

05:00 p.m. - 07:00 p.m.
Sollers Point Multi-Purpose Center 323 Sollers Point Road Dundalk, MD 21222

5th Annual Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group Steelworkers Program

Henrietta Lacks to Be Inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame

Six women who helped shape the country will join the National Women’s Hall of Fame posthumously on December 10, 2020.  Mrs. Lacks was nominated by the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, and vice president Dr. Adele Newson-Horst will speak at the event.

Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift from Kadir Nelson and the JKBN Group LLC.

Read the Story

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In the News

5th Annual Steelworkers Luncheon

On April 3rd, HLLG presented its Fifth Annual Steel Workers Program.  This year’s keynote speaker was Mr. Bill Barry, Labor Historian and Mr.  Lee Douglass, First African American Shop Steward at Sparrows Point, was honored for his service. This program commemorates the contributions of African American Steel workers in the development of Sparrows Point, Turner Station, Baltimore County and the surrounding community.

Our 3rd Annual Luncheon Sponsors