The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group exists to protect, preserve and promote the legacy of Henrietta Lacks and her singular contributions to modern medicine. It also exists to serve as a clearing house for activities that extend Lacks’ legacy and the history of Turner Station, Maryland, where Lacks resided at the time of her death. From its inception, these are some of the key projects in which the Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group has been involved:
- We organize the Annual Turner Station Lacks Day and Heritage Celebration in Turner Station, MD (since 1997).
- We advocate for the preservation of significant buildings and historical figures in Turner Station.
- We are lobbying to register the Turner Station community as a living historic museum.
- We promote the legacy of Henrietta Lacks to local, national, and international audiences.
- We raise funds to award annual STEM scholarships for CCBC Dundalk students.
- We coordinate the Henrietta Lacks Black History Month Annual Essay Contest.
- We are directing the Henrietta Lacks Oral History Project.
- We coordinate Black History Month Annual Graphic Art/Design Contest.
- We sell trademarked T-shirts to raise money for our projects.
- We applied to the United States Postal Service for a commemorative Henrietta Lacks postage stamp.
- On October 5, 2013, placed a commemorative plaque at 713 New Pittsburgh Avenue to mark the former home of the Lacks family.
- Requested that Turner Station and Henrietta Lacks be included in the next edition of Baltimore’s African American Heritage and Attractions Guide (January 27, 2014).
- We nominated Henrietta Lacks to the National Women Hall of fame with the Polaris Group.