Great Blacks In Wax Museum

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My Experience at the Great Blacks in Wax Museum The Great Blacks in Wax Museum, located in the heart of bustling downtown Baltimore, is one of the most unique museum galleries in the United States. Several pertinent factors contribute to its unrivaled diversity, but perhaps none more significant than the museum's culture heritage. Established as the first wax museum in the United States dedicated solely to the African-American race, Great Blacks in Wax continues to forge the way for many renowned Blacks to get proper recognition. Unfortunately, I was deeply disappointed at my visit to this historical landmark, and my tarriance did not reflect any of the importance of the museum.

Prior to my entrance of the Great Blacks in Wax Museum, I mentally went over the information I had learned briefly about the site. Established during the sweltering summer of 1983, the museum was the brainchild of two married doctors, Drs.

Elmer and Joanne Martin. In creating the wax showcase on downtown Saratoga Street, the couple sought to accomplish several things that many current historical museums ignored. Such goals included motivating youth with the profound achievements of real life African-American heroes at a time when such attainments were virtually ignored, as well as exposing often overlooked facts about our culture, instead of those usual facts about Martin Luther King and other popular Blacks. Essentially the work of Drs. Elmer and Joanne Martin grew in both size and acclaim, winning several awards. At his passing in 2001, Dr. Elmer truly impacted the world with his unique vision about wax figurines and the message they sent to the world.

However, despite the prominent history and culturally progressive attainments of the museum, I was deeply disappointed by my visit to the Great Blacks in Wax museum. Initially curious and excited...