The 2nd Annual Blacks in Wax Exhibit

By: Tiffany Huertas Email
By: Tiffany Huertas Email
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PANAMA CITY- Six wax figures representing prominent people in black history are on display at A-D Harris Learning Village in Panama City.

The wax figures came from the national great blacks in wax museum in Baltimore.

"One of the differences you'll notice is that we have different statues," said Toni Shamplain, CRA program manager.

This year, they have James Baldwin, George Washington Carver, Dr. Rebecca Crumpler, Granville T. Woods, Daniel Hale Williams, and Norbert Rillieux.

The goal is to rotate the pioneers each year.

"We want the community to come out and that's the entire community to come out and note the individuals because we've all read about them. But it's a great opportunity to see who the people are," said Shamplain.

Shamplin says they chose the Harris Village because it's rich in history.

"This is the site that even through segregation, black folks received their education. It’s historic because this is where a lot of us, first got our training. I mean this is a location where you had to stand in-front of the student body and learn to speak," said Toni Shamplain, CRA program manager.

Funding for the exhibit comes from downtown north community redevelopment agency.

Organizers say it's critical for the community to attend.

"We’re trying to build pride and we're trying to highlight the history and the successes of the African American community. And it’s just a rich history that we need to celebrate," said William Whitson, CRA director.

The exhibit is free and open to the public until 7 p.m. tonight, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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