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Baltimore City Maryland from Federal Hill

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Baltimore has its questionable moments, but they don’t call it “Charm City” for nothing. Just like the creatives the nickname’s been traced to that pointed out the hidden gems of the area, here’s a list of Black history makers who’ve repped B’More and added to its unique charm & make-up.

1. Henrietta Lacks, Medical Pioneer

The family of Henrietta Lacks, whose cancer cells are some of the most important in medical research, are feuding

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Henrietta Lacks was born was Virginia in 1920 but migrated to Baltimore in the 1940s before passing from cervical cancer, leaving behind her husband and five children. She’s referred to as “the mother of medicine” for unwillingly contributing her cells to Johns Hopkins Hospital’s medical research including developments in vaccines and fertilization techniques. While controversy surrounds a lack of compensation to her family after doctors scraped cells from her tumor after death, her “immortal” cells have come to be known as “HenLa” and are still savings lives today.

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