Oprah Winfrey attended the New York premiere of her executive produced HBO documentary, The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, on Tuesday. The documentary tells the story of Henrietta Lacks’ unique “immortal” cancer cells that were used in the testing and research for many medical breakthroughs.

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Henrietta Lacks

As Black History Month draws to a close, Sandrarose.com recognizes a woman whose unique cancer cells pioneered many medical and science breakthroughs.

The descendant of African slaves and their masters, Henrietta Lacks was born in 1920 in Roanoke, Virginia. She grew up dirt poor on a tobacco farm in Clover, Virginia after her mother died while giving birth to her 10th child.

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