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David Lacks

"Day"
Henrietta's cousin and husband

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David Jr. Lacks

"Sonny"
Henrietta's and Day's third child

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Deborah Lacks

"Dale"
Henrietta and Day's fourth child

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Elsie Lacks

Henrietta's second born and eldest daughter. She was institutionalized due to epilepsy and died at age 15.

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Eliza Lacks Pleasant

Henrietta's mother. She died when she was four.

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Gladys Lacks

Henrietta's sister who disapproved of Henrietta's marriage to day.

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Johnny Pleasant

Henrietta's father. He left his ten children when their mother died.

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Lawrence Lacks

Henrietta and days first child.

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Loretta Pleasant

Henrietta's birth name.

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Tommy Lacks

Henrietta and days grandfather who raised both of them.

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Zakariyya Lacks

"Joe Lacks"
Henrietta and days fifth child. Henrietta was diagnosed with cervical cancer shortly after his birth.

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Albert Lacks

Henrietta's white great grandfather. He had five children by a former slave named Maria and left part of the Lacks plantation to them. This section became known as "Lacks Town"

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Alfred Carter

"Cheetah"
Deborah's first husband. This marriage was abusive and ended in divorce.

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Alfred Junior

Deborah and Cheetahs firstborn child and little Alfred's father

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Bobette Lacks

Lawrences wife. she helped raise Lawrences siblings after henriettas death and advocated for them when she discovered they were being abused

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Cliff Garret

Henrietta's cousin. As children they worked the tobacco fields together

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"Crazy joe" Grinnan

Henriettas cousin who competed unsuccessfully with day for her affection.

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Davon Meade

Deborah's grandson who often lived with and took care of her

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Ethel

Galen's wife and abusive caregiver to Henrietta's three youngest children

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Fred Garret

Henrietta's cousin who convinced day and henrietta to move to Turner station

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Galen

Henrietta's cousin. He and his wife ethel moved in with day after Henrietta's death to help take care of the children. He ended up abusing Deborah

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Gary Lacks

Gladys' Son and Debra's cousin. A lay preacher he performed a faith healing on Deborah.

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LaTonya

Deborah and Cheetahs second child.
Davons mother

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"Little Alfred"

Deborah's grandson

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Margret Strurdivant

Henrietta's cousin and confidant. Henrietta went to her house after her radiation treatments at John Hopkins

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Reverend James Pullum

Deborah's second ex-husband a former steel mill worker became a preacher

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Sadie Sturdivant

Margaret's sister, Henrietta's cousin and confidant, she supported Henrietta during her illness. She and henrietta sometimes sneaked out to go dancing

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Alexis Carrel

A French surgeon and Noble prize recipient who claim to have cultured immortal chicken heart cells

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Chester Southam

A cancer researcher who conducted unethical experiments to see whether or not HeLa could infect people with cancer

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Christoph Legauer

Cancer researcher at John Hopkins who helped develop fish which is a technique used to detect and identify DNA sequences and who reached out to members of the lacks family