Henrietta Lacks Speaker at Essex Middle River Museum

Heritage Society of Essex & Middle River presents Black History Speaker Series at the museum, 516 Eastern Blvd. in Essex on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

Servant Courtney Speed, founder of the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, will discuss the impact of the life of Turner Station resident Henrietta Lacks, who died of cervical cancer in 1951 on Thursday, Feb. 15 at 7 p.m.

Cells taken from her body without her knowledge were used to form the HeLa cell line, which has been used extensively in medical research and has played a role in the development of the polio vaccine, in vitro fertilization, cancer treatments and more.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Visitors may tour the Museum after the talk. Free and open to the public.

Benjamin Joseph

Benjamin Joesph has covered news in Eastern Baltimore County since 2006. He started as a reporter with the original East County Times in 2006. He started East Baltco News and later Eastcountytimes.com in 2022.