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Date: Jul 31, 2017

Program and Special Recognition Drew Enthusiastic Crowd of More than 150 from Turner Station and Surrounding Jurisdictions

Towson – Turner Station was buzzing with excitement on Saturday, July 29 as Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz and a host of supporting groups paid tribute to Henrietta Lacks. Kamenetz proclaimed that every first Saturday in August will be hereby known as “Henrietta Lacks Day” in Baltimore County and he unveiled ceremonial road signs that dedicate Main Street and New Pittsburgh Avenue as Henrietta Lacks Place.  Decorative signs were placed throughout the Turner Station community highlighting this historical dedication.

“While she didn’t get credit back in the 50’s or while she was alive, people can no longer ignore her importance to medicine, the African-American community, our country and well-being of the entire world,” Kamenetz said. “Equally appealing for us in Baltimore County was that she called Turner Station home. Maryland has seen its share of important figures – Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Clara Burton, Francis Scott Key, Benjamin Banneker, Harriet Tubman and Dr. Francis Rous, just to name a few, but no list is complete without mentioning Henrietta Lacks and that is something all of us can be proud of, and that we should share and promote.”

A host of speakers highlighted Lacks’ legacy and participants took walking tours of the neighborhood, including the house where Lacks lived and enjoyed a free screening of the HBO movie, “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks,” starring and co-produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Supporters of the event include the Lacks Family, Henrietta Lacks House of Healing, Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group, Turner Station Conservation Teams, Fleming Senior Center Council, Dundalk Renaissance Corporation, Johns Hopkins Hospital, Dr. William Wade’s family, Baltimore County Department of Aging, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science, The Kingdom Economic System and Turner Station Heritage Foundation Committee. Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam was instrumental in ensuring that Henrietta Lacks’ contributions were recognized statewide. The Afro-American Newspaper was a media partner.

Henrietta Lacks has been called by some “the most important woman in medical history,” despite the lack of recognition while she was alive. An African-American Dundalk resident who lived in Turner Station, Henrietta Lacks was the unwitting source of an immortalized line of cells that will reproduce indefinitely and continues to be a source of invaluable medical data today. Her cells were used to test the polio vaccine, were a basis for cloning and in vitro fertilization and are helping to develop anti-cancer drug therapies.

MEDIA NOTE:  Please click here to watch a video of the ceremony and street sign unveiling. Photos are also available via our Facebook page and by contacting our office.

Participating Restaurants to Offer Specials August 4 to 19

Organizers of Baltimore County Summer Restaurant Week are pleased to announce that the 14th bi-annual promotion begins on Friday, August 4.

Sixty-two participating restaurants from across the area will feature special menus at discounted, fixed prices, offering one to three course brunch, lunch and dinner specials ranging from $15 to $35.

“Foodies and patrons alike look forward to Restaurant Week—it’s a great time for them to experience places they’ve been meaning to try at a big savings,” stated Baltimore County Executive Kevin Kamenetz. “I encourage everyone to experience the many diverse cuisines in the County and support the local restaurant industry.”

View restaurants and menus.

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