The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks -- A poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951 and now called HeLa cells—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, in vitro fertilization, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance.
"The Haymakers". July 22, 1910. Were Black women. At that time, middle-class Black women who were supported by their husbands and did not have to work were generally very socially and politically active, whether fighting for Blacks' civil rights or organizing to keep the Black community together.
Henrietta Lacks died in 1951; her cells lived on. She has contributed more to modern science than anyone all without consent or knowledge. Polio vaccine, Cancer research, AIDS research/vaccine, genetic mapping, 11,000 patents -- all from the HeLa cell line.
medicine chest, Vincenzo Giustiniani, the last Genoese governor of the Island of Chios in the eastern Aegean Sea, in the 1560s. On a box from the middle drawer is painted the symbol of Chios - a black eagle above a three-towered castle. The chest contains 126 drug bottles/pots.
It’s been almost 400 years since the good ship Mayflower landed in 1620 with the progenitors of a new nation. Estimates on how many little pilgrims they’ve left behind today range from 20+ to 35+ million. Here is a sampling of Mayflower offspring who made good (and a few who might have strayed a bit from their Puritan roots). Looking for… Read more