Long before the best-selling book about Henrietta Lacks and her immortal cells was written, Turners Station neighbors gathered to honor her legacy, a tradition that continued Saturday.
Lacks' great-granddaughters, born about half a century after her death from cervical cancer in 1951, bounded on the stage of Union Baptist Church, adorned with colorful silk flowers, to welcome the crowd of about 60.
"I'm proud that they took her cells, because it helped the whole world," 14-year-old Aiyana Rodgers said.
"She's a miracle," said Aiyana's sister, JaBrea, 11.
The girls, like the rest of the family, only really learned the extent of Lacks' legacy...