Tuesday, February 28, 2006

National Great Blacks In Wax Museum Turning A Page In The History Book

BALTIMORE (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Today (Feb. 28) may be the last day of Black History Month, but you can celebrate it whenever you want in Baltimore.

Dr. Joanne Martin and her husband Elmer founded Baltimore’s National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, which now showcases nearly 150 historical figures in wax.

While you’ll see familiar faces like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks, don’t expect to see a wax Michael Jordan slam dunking or Oprah Winfrey holding a microphone.

Dr. Martin explains that she and her husband “made a deliberate choice that we were not going to focus on sports and entertainment because that’s a history people already knew.”

However, they’re considering adding some well-known contemporary figures as part of the museum’s expansion in 2008.

They’ve agreed to have Patti LaBelle cast in wax and Martin reveals, “We’d very much like to have Oprah.”

Despite the name Great “Blacks” in Wax, Martin says the color of your skin does not have to be black to get your place in wax history. So maybe Michael Jackson does have a shot.

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