On February 3, 2017, The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum takes to the skies again with its National Traveling Exhibit. James Weldon Johnson, Mahalia Jackson, Eubie Blake, Paul Laurence Dunbar, and other wax figures are heading to Savannah and Darien Georgia; Fernandina Beach and Panama City Florida. In February alone, over 10,000 school children and community residents will learn about the history and contributions of African Americans to Arts and Entertainment through this year’s Saying It Loud: African Americans in Arts and Entertainment. The Traveling Exhibit will be in Savannah at the Beach Institute Cultural Arts Center from Saturday, February 4 through Wednesday, February 8, 2017. The Center will be open 12 noon – 5:00 p.m. daily. Admission is free. For Group tours, call 912-335- 8868
In past years, exhibit themes have included Civil Wrongs to Civil Rights and Back Again; STEMming the Tide of History; And Still We Rise; and The Black Inventive Mind.
A community partnership with Southwest Airlines as “The official airline of The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum National Traveling Exhibit” has made this opportunity possible.
Southwest Airlines provides complimentary
air travel, which allow staff to mount the National Traveling Exhibit in venues across the United States, to mount and present exhibits before global leaders, celebrities, business executives and community representatives. Another key benefit is complimentary Southwest Airlines cargo shipping of the wax figures to be displayed nationwide. The Savannah Exhibit is also sponsored in Part by the Arts Ashore Legacy Fund c/o The Savannah Community Foundation, Inc., and the King-Tisdell Cottage Foundation.
Over the thirteen year collaboration with Southwest Airlines, the Museum’s exhibits have traveled to many cities across the U.S. “Whether in the air or on the ground, Southwest believes community is more than a place-it’s at the Heart of what brings us together,” said Karen Price-Ward, Southwest Community Affairs & Grassroots Regional Leader. Cities visited have included Detroit, Chicago, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Miami, and San Francisco. This community partnership has also taken the Museum to high profile conventions held by the NAACP, National Urban League, African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the 100 Black Men of America, and many more organizations. Conference attendance at these conventions has ranged from 2,000 to 25,000 attendees per conference.