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“The Living Black Wax Museum," returns! In partnership with the Hampton History Museum, the Hampton Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated presents an interactive exhibit of nearly 50 notable figures in African American history portrayed by children, on Saturday, March 16. Based on the fantastic community response last year, this year's program will feature two showings at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The program ends at 4:00 p.m. According to chapter president, Tatia Granger, “We look forward to bringing history to life through the children’s interpretations of iconic figures from black history.”
Through dramatic presentations in the museum’s galleries, children ranging in age from preschool to high school will celebrate the contributions of African Americans including local political figures Congressman Bobby Scott and former Virginia Governor L. Douglas Wilder; actors such Debbie Allen and Tidewater native Tim Reid; local athletes such as Gabrielle “Gabby” Douglas and Richmond native Arthur Ashe along with numerous scientists, inventors and artists including Neil deGrasse Tyson, Garrett Morgan, and Ruth Carter, to name a few. As visitors tour the galleries, they will encounter these historic personages who will come to life and relate brief stories of their lives. The Hampton History Museum will offer a reduced special admission fee of $2.00 to tour the galleries for this special event (museum admission regularly $5/$4).
In keeping with Jack and Jill’s emphasis on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math), this year's event will also include support from several local companies including booths and interactive exhibits from Jefferson Lab and others. Granger added, “Working with locally-based companies reinforces our commitment to elevate education and culture across our Hampton Roads communities.”
Jack and Jill of America, Incorporated is the oldest and largest 501(c)(3) organization of mothers dedicated to raising the next generation of African American leaders, while enhancing the lives of all children. Established in 1938 in Philadelphia, members continue to work to accomplish their mission through diverse programs focused on leadership development, cultural exposure, community service, legislative advocacy and philanthropic giving.
The Hampton History Museum is located at 120 Old Hampton Lane in Downtown Hampton. There is free parking in the garage across from the museum. For more information, call 757-727-1102.
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