National Blacks In Wax Museum

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The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum 1601-03 East North Avenue
Baltimore, Maryland 21213
Office: 410-563-3404
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Explore Our Past: Plan Our Future National Blacks in Wax Museum

The Martins

As the founders of The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, Inc., Dr. Elmer and Joanne Martin knew the importance of having a dream and the gratification of having one's dream fulfilled. Their dream took form in 1980 when they, with money they had saved to make a down payment on a house, purchased four wax figures. They carried the figures around to schools, churches, shopping malls, and almost anywhere that people would allow them to set up an exhibit. Little did they know that by 1983 they would have a small storefront museum in downtown Baltimore, 21 wax figures, and the good wishes and support of many loyal friends.

The possibility that in 1988 they would be celebrating the grand opening of a 10,000 square foot facility on North Avenue seemed almost unimaginable. But they always knew that a higher power than the two of them was guiding this effort. So they have always dared to dream, to believe that if they just "kept the faith," things would work out. As The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum turn hopes and prayers to an even greater dream, the expansion of The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum, Inc. - we ask you to take a moment of your time to get a glimpse of the Martin's dream in progress. We ask too that you join all of us in saying "thank you" to that higher power that grants all dreamers the courage to dream.

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