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Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake dedicated a portrait of Henrietta Lacks — the Turners Station woman whose cells have led to groundbreaking advances in medicine.

“We have so many people in our city who have stories that are untold or certainly not remembered in the way that I think they should be,” Rawlings-Blake said. “She’s one of those people. … I’m proud to get to shine a light on some people whose impact has been enormous.”

The painting was donated to the city by Dr. Eva McGhee of the Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science in California. McGhee, an art collector, commissioned the portrait from the artist Emmy Lu of Beverly Hills.

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