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Henrietta Lacks' Lasting Impact Detailed In New Portrait


Added 05-16-18 12:07:02am EST - “The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., has unveiled a portrait of Lacks, whose cells have been used for decades ” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Henrietta Lacks' Lasting Impact Detailed In New Portrait”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The Mother of Modern Medicine" by Kadir Nelson, oil on linen, 2017. Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift fromKadir Nelson and the JKBN Group LLC. hide caption

When Henrietta Lacks was dying of cancer in 1951, her cells were harvested without her knowledge. They became crucial to scientific research and her story became a bestseller. Since then, Lacks has become one of the most powerful symbols for informed consent in the history of science.

On Monday, when the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., honored Henrietta Lacks by installing a painting of her just inside one of its main entrances, three of Lacks' grandchildren were there.

Kimberly Lacks, Jeri Lacks Whyte and Alfred Carter Lacks saw this portrait for the first time at its unveiling. They never knew their grandmother, as she died before they were born.

"Just like they said she was in life," Jeri adds. "Happy, outgoing, giving — and she's still giving."

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