Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks: Her Story, Gravesite, and Historical Impact

Henrietta Lacks is the closest thing this world has ever had to a superhero. Her cells are so unique that they have been used in biomedical research ever since her fateful visit to her doctors in 1951. It is because of her that the world has things like the Polio Vaccine, COVID Vaccine, In vitro fertilization, and so many more medical wonders.

I was honored to visit her home town of Clover, Virginia as well as visit her gravesite.

If you want to visit the locations we travel to, you can find our Episode Travel Guides.

The book:
Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The HBO Movie:
Henrietta Lacks

Intro: 0:00
Who is Henrietta Lacks?: 0:54
Henrietta Lacks’ Gravesite: 3:19
The Immortal Henrietta Lacks: 5:35
Ethical Questions of using the He-La Cells: 7:13
Henrietta Lacks’ Church: 9:48
The Lacks Legacy and Historical Impact: 11:02

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4 thoughts on “Immortal life of Henrietta Lacks: Her Story, Gravesite, and Historical Impact

  1. You guys are doing a super job! I would love to join your site but can’t at this time. Maybe in the future. Until then I will continue enjoying your content on youtube. God bless!

  2. Thank you for telling Henrietta Lack’s story. This is why we need historians, to recognize those who contributed to our lives, that we would never know about. Keep up the great work!

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