Lacks Family

"[The Lacks] family is, like so many others today, attempting to grapple with the many questions
and the moral and ethical issues that surround the 'birth' of HeLa and the 'death' of Mrs. Lacks."

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, pg. 224

  • The Miracle of Hela (Ebony) June 1976.
    An obscure black woman without training in medicine has ironically become one of the pivotal figures of the crusade against cancer. Mrs. Henrietta Lacks, the mother of five, died 25 years ago, but her cancerous cells are being studiously preserved as an important instrument of science.

  • Family Talks About Dead Mother Whose Cells Fight Cancer (Jet) April 1976.
    There were no clues of a special fate in Henrietta Lacks' appearance or lifestyle. She was, from all indications, a hearty woman of good looks and common dress whose major source of joy was caring for her family, in their small home at Turners Station near Baltimore.

  • The Lacks Family Website
    Welcome to the home page for family of Henrietta Lacks. For those who don't know who Henrietta Lacks was, the new book The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks  published February 2nd tells her story.


  • Remembering Henrietta Lacks (Welcome 2 Baltimore Hon) 2010.
    A memorial ceremony for Henrietta Lacks -- subject of "The Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks" by Rebecca Skloot -- on August 8, 2010 in Turner Station, Maryland. Featured in the video are David Lacks, Henrietta's son; Jeri Lacks Whye, her granddaughter; and JaBrea Rodgers, her great-granddaughter.