Blacks In Wax Museum Returns to Bay County

PANAMA CITY, Fla. - Folks now have an up close look at some familiar faces in Black History. The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum is back at the A.D. Harris Learning Village.

"It helps to bring the history up close. It makes it more abstract. It makes it more real," said Blacks In Wax Owner, Dr. Joanne Martin.   

The Baltimore-based organization features Medgar Evers, the late Mississippi civil rights activist who was murdered in 1963. Evers' wife, Myrlie Evers-Williams, was also on display. She was unveiled last July, and continues Evers' legacy as an activist today.

"She didn't stop there. Her life didn't end with the death of Medgar. Even though there are people who would like to freeze her in time," said Martin.

This seven wax figures in this year's exhibit features inventors, activists, and journalists. The figures were picked to fit the theme 'Making the World Better One Person at a Time'.

Blacks In Wax also features Norbert Rilleaux, a name many people may not of heard of. "He was known for creating a process that helped to refine sugar," said Martin.

Pioneers like Bessie Coleman were also displayed. "Someone who sought to make a difference in World War I to be a pilot," said Martin.

Martin says this exhibits is about literally putting a face to a name. "It puts a face on a history that has largely been faceless," she said.

The mobile museum will reopen tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Folks can stop by on Saturday, the last day of the exhibit, from 10 a.m. To 1 p.m.

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