The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum in Baltimore is America’s first wax museum committed solely to the study and preservation of African American history with the presentation of over 100 life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry.
In 1983, Dr. Elmer and Joanne Martin founded the Great Blacks In Wax Museum in downtown Baltimore with 21 wax figures to highlight the stories that make up the African-American experience. They began traveling with the figures and setting up exhibits in schools, shopping malls, and churches. In 1988, they opened their museum on North Avenue, making their mark in Black History with wax figures and scenes including Malcolm X, Sojourner Truth, Langston Hughes and a full scale model of a slave ship.
In this Visit My Baltimore video, Dr. Martin talks about what visitors can expect when they tour the museum and the significance of the exhibits on display.
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The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum
1601 E. North Ave, Baltimore, MD 21213
Neighborhood: East Baltimore