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Why do we have monuments?

What do we remember?

Whether you admire Robert E. Lee or despise him, there is very little risk he will be forgotten from our history or culture.

On the other hand, if you have heard of Henrietta Lacks, you are a rarified crowd; doubly so if you had heard of her before Rebecca Skloot published “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.”

Henrietta Lacks was not a doctor, nor a scientist, or in fact, aware of her contribution; still,  modern medical science owes a great deal to her. More than we do to many of the doctors and scientists whose names are well remembered.

If you don’t know the story and aren’t ready to read the book, Kendall Ross’s ABC News story about the monument is a good place to start.

I am not much of a traveler, but perhaps there might be a pilgrimage to Henrietta Lacks Plaza in Roanoke, Virginia, in my future to see her statue once it is erected.

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Written by Russell Brand

Russell has started three successful companies, one of which helped agencies of the federal government become very early adopters of open source software, long before that term was coined. His first project saved The American taxpayer 250 million dollars. In his work within federal agency, he was often called, “the arbiter of truth,” facilitating historically hostile groups and factions to effectively work together towards common goals

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A broader context

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