You walk past this historical landmark everyday, but do you really know the story behind it?
Today, for Black History Month, I’m saluting The Great Blacks In Wax Museum, located on North Avenue in Baltimore City.
In 1983, Dr. Elmer and Joanne Martin founded the Great Blacks in Wax Museum in downtown Baltimore with 21 wax figures and the help of good friends. When they purchased four wax figures with money they had saved to make a down payment on a house, they began by traveling with the figures and setting up exhibits in schools, shopping malls, and churches. In 1988, they opened a 10,000 square foot facility on North Avenue, making their mark in Black History with over 100 life-sized and life-like wax figures and scenes, including Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, Langston Hughes and a full scale model of a slave ship.
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