Henrietta Lacks has finally been given a proper headstone at her grave site in Virginia
Friends and family  gathered for a small ceremony in Clover, Virginia where Lacks has been buried on a family plot since 1951.
Since her death from cervical cancer  Lacks' cells -- the infamous "HeLa" line -- have been cultivated by scientists and used for everything from polio  vaccines , to studies of cancer , HIV and Parkinson's disease . Thanks to the book "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks " by Rebecca Skloot , the world found out that the cells of a poor Black woman have helped changed modern medicine.
"We talk about Obama, we talk about Franklin Roosevelt, but I'd put Henrietta Lacks  up there with any of them," said North Carolina Central University  chairman, David Kroll , at a tribute service over the weekend.
SOURCE: Essence