The day after seeing Henrietta’s cells, Rebecca and Deborah set out to learn what had happened to Elsie Lacks. They drove to the Crownsville Hospital Center, the site of Elsie’s death. The campus was beautiful and well-groomed, but the main building seemed deserted. Rebecca and Deborah made their way through the empty hallways until they found a room labeled “Medical Records.” Inside, there were only empty shelves.
The women wandered the hallways, looking for answers. Deborah eventually got frustrated and began shouting up and down the halls,...
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