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File #: 18-0216    Version: 0 Name: City Property - Renaming Ambrose Kennedy Park to Henrietta Lacks Educational Park
Type: Ordinance Status: Enacted
File created: 4/16/2018 In control: City Council
On agenda: Final action: 8/10/2018
Enactment #: 18-158
Title: City Property - Renaming Ambrose Kennedy Park to Henrietta Lacks Educational Park For the purpose of changing the name of Ambrose Kennedy Park, located at 1002 Harford Avenue, to Henrietta Lacks Educational Park.
Sponsors: Robert Stokes, Sr., President Young, Bill Henry, Ryan Dorsey, John T. Bullock, Kristerfer Burnett, Leon F. Pinkett, III, Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer, Edward Reisinger, Mary Pat Clarke, Zeke Cohen, Sharon Green Middleton, Brandon M. Scott
Indexes: City Property, Parks, Renaming
Attachments: 1. 18-0216~1st Reader, 2. Real Estate 18-0216, 3. DOT 18-0216, 4. Rec and Parks 18-0216, 5. Planning 18-0216, 6. Law 18-0216, 7. 18-0216~3rd Reader, 8. Completed File_18-0216
Date Ver.Action ByActionResultAction DetailsMeeting DetailsVideo
9/17/20180 Mayor Signed by Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
7/9/20180 City Council Approved and Sent to the Mayor  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/25/20180 City Council 3rd Reader, for final passage  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/25/20180 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Recommended Favorably  Action details Meeting details Not available
6/13/20180 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Recommended FavorablyPass Action details Meeting details Not available
6/4/20180 Judiciary and Legislative Investigations Scheduled for a Public Hearing  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 The City Council Refer to Dept. of Transportation  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 The City Council Refer to Planning Commission  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 The City Council Refer to Dept. of Real Estate  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 The City Council Refer to Dept. of Recreation and Parks  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/19/20180 The City Council Refer to City Solicitor  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/16/20180 City Council Assigned  Action details Meeting details Not available
4/16/20180 City Council Introduced  Action details Meeting details Not available

                     * Warning: This is an unofficial, introductory copy of the bill.

                     The official copy considered by the City Council is the first reader copy.

                     Introductory*

 

                     City of Baltimore

                     Council Bill          

                                                                                                                                                           

Introduced by: Councilmember Stokes                                                                                             

 

                     A Bill Entitled

 

An Ordinance concerning

title

City Property - Renaming Ambrose Kennedy Park to Henrietta Lacks Educational Park

For the purpose of changing the name of Ambrose Kennedy Park, located at 1002 Harford Avenue, to Henrietta Lacks Educational Park.

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By authority of

Article 5 - Finance, Property, and Procurement

Section 20-2

Baltimore City Code

(Edition 2000)

 

                     Recitals

 

In January 1951, Henrietta Lacks, an African American woman, went to The Johns Hopkins Hospital because of abnormal pain and bleeding, and she was diagnosed with cervical cancer.  During subsequent radiation treatments, doctors removed 2 cervical samples from her, without her knowledge.  She died later that year of the disease.

 

The cells from her tumor made their way to the laboratory of researcher Dr. George Otto Gey, where he noticed that they had an unusual property, that of durability, unlike most cells that survived only a few days.  He isolated and multiplied a specific cell, thus creating a cell line that he named HeLa, derived from the name of Henrietta Lacks.

 

The HeLa strain revolutionized medical research.  Jonas Salk used the strain to develop the polio vaccine, sparking much scientific interest in the cells.  Since then over 10,000 patents involving HeLa cells have been registered, and researchers have used the cells to study disease.

 

In honor of her contributions to medical research, Morgan State University granted Henrietta Lacks a posthumous honorary degree.  It is fitting that this park, located at 1002 Harford Avenue, be renamed to honor her.

 

Section 1.  Be it ordained by the Mayor and City Council of Baltimore, That the name of Ambrose Kennedy Park, located at 1002 Harford Avenue, is changed to Henrietta Lacks Educational Park.

 

 

Section 2.  And be it further ordained, That this Ordinance takes effect on the 30th day after the date it is enacted.