Rosedale Book Discussion Group
Published on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 - 2:37pm
Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists knew her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked on the same land as her slave ancestors.
Her cells were taken without her knowledge and have since become one of the most important tools in medicine. They were the first immortal human cells grown in culture and are still alive today -- even though she has been dead for more than sixty years.
Henrietta Lacks remains virtually unknown and is buried in an unmarked grave.
Join us as the Rosedale Library Monthly Book Discussion Group discusses the lives of Lacks and her family, detailed in Rebecca Skloot's book, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m.