It has been a while since East Baltimore, Md. has anything to celebrate, especially on one of the main streets, NORTH AVENUE. Once a thriving business district with merchants, and peddlers of wares mixed in; now, a simple tributary, to get from one side of Baltimore to the other.
After Sears Department store left, others took flight, even the commercial banks took a hike. The cemetery at North and Greenmount has stayed put, can you guess why? That is often reflective in a black community, the thriving institutions are the Police, the Court House, and the undertaker, and they are doing well on North Avenue.
Some 33 years ago, a young couple thought of celebrating pride among black folk, and started THE GREAT BLACKS IN WAX MUSEUM. Beginning with their own apartment and a few wax figures, Elmer and Joanne, worked a steady hand to find a permanent home for their wax figures, and finally made it to 1601 East North Avenue.
It is now 2016, Elmer left the world some time ago, but Joanne called upon her ancestral strength, and continued to guide her ship through ” the middle passage”. The Great Blacks in Wax is going to be as large as a strip mall, and this month has begun the celebration. Take a look.