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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Can you hear it? The crunch of gravel under your tires, the hum of the car engine, the laughter of friends and chatter of loved ones. They're the sounds of a road trip; of good times and new adventures. Under clear summer skies or a soft autumn breeze, Baltimore is a city of wondrous discovery. During fragrant spring Sundays or crisp winter nights, Baltimore has so much to share.

The history of African Americans in Baltimore is one of power, courage and tenacity. Our city has been home to many "freedom fighters" - individuals who chose liberty, transformation and human rights over comfort and personal security.

Frederick DouglassFrederick Douglass moved to Baltimore City from Maryland's Eastern Shore as an 8-year-old boy. Born into slavery, Douglass taught himself how to read and write, though doing so was against state law. Even as Douglass struggled against the physical indignities of slavery, he maintained an unshakable belief that no man had the right to "own" him, in mind, body or spirit. His convictions propelled him to become a famous abolitionist, publisher, writer, orator and great American thinker. A statue of Frederick Douglass stands at Morgan State University, and during the summer months you can take the Frederick Douglass "Path to Freedom" Walking Tour.

Thurgood Marshall, born and raised in West BaltimoreFifty years after Douglass' death in 1895, another Baltimore hero was following in his footsteps and continuing the fight for equality and civil rights. Thurgood Marshall, born and raised in West Baltimore, became America's first African American Supreme Court Justice in 1967. But more than a decade before his appointment to the Supreme Court, Marshall had already made national news. As Director-Counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Marshall led the legal team that won Brown v. The Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case which marked the end of legal segregation in America's schools. Today, visitors can schedule a tour of the NAACP's national headquarters in Baltimore, and view a life-size replica of Marshall at The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum.

Baltimore City was visited by 13 million people last year. They spent 2.95 billion dollars.

Over a one hundred community festivals, concerts, and events are organized yearly by Baltimoreans. A seasonal calendar of events is published by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts.

The Convention Center's web site is an award-winner with interactive floor plans and links to visitor resources such as maps and directions.

Introducing ArtsNet, Baltimore City's resource for organizations, programs and venues showcasing the visual and performing arts.

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