In the 1990s, Henrietta finally began to receive respectful attention for her contribution to medical science. A BBC producer heard about her story and began to shoot a documentary about her life. Around that same time, the scientist Roland Patillo hosted a medical conference in Henrietta’s honor and invited the family to make an appearance. Deborah and the other Lackses were pleased by these developments.
The BBC documentary brought Henrietta’s story to the attention of Courtney Speed, the grocery store owner in Turner Station. With the help...
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