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"My Journey with Henrietta Lacks"

Agnes Reads!. Summer 2012.


"Ashley Cloud, an incoming first-year student, also recognizes the power place has in visualizing history... Through black and white photographs, videos, and diary excerpts, Ashley shares her journey with us in a website she created called My Journey with Henrietta. It is an excellent example of documentary style journalism and I encourage you to take a look at what may be one of the first works of a future This American Life radio star."

– Casey Long, User Education Librarian at Agnes Scott College.

In the summer before my first year of college, I developed a passionate interest in what I perceived as an incredible injustice within my assigned summer reading: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot. Rather than simply writing the required essay, I began concocting a way to be part of addressing and acknowledging the life of this woman, whose lifetime of abuse and indigitnites became the foundation of modern medicine. I hoped to utilize this project as a way of returning even a sliver of the representation and agency she was denied even in death.

While the original website I built to present this journey has been lost, many of the images and documentation still exists. I will compile and upload this work here. 

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