The Black Wax Museum returns to Panama City

PANAMA CITY, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - Billie Holiday, Langston Hughes, and Eubie Blake are here in Panama City, in wax form that is. They are a part of the Black Wax Museum which is on display at the A.D. Harris Learning Village Cafeteria Thursday until Sunday.

The Black Wax Museum was started by Dr. Joanne Martin and her late husband, Dr. Elmer Martin, in 1983. They wanted to put faces to the historical African-Americans that children are taught about in school. Dr. Joanne Martin explains that she couldn't put a face to Booker T. Washington growing up.

"I'm from Florida and Booker T. Washington was probably the most powerful black man of his time. I had no idea what he looked like until we got his figure in the museum," says Dr. Martin

The Black Wax Museum is on display Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Saturday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Thursday night there is a Heritage Program performance from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.