It was like a lot of modern museums. You touched the red button on the electronic device and you heard information about the exhibit spoken in a very lifelike voice.
Except that these voices were not just lifelike but very much alive – and so were the purported “wax figures” the voices told you about.
The Drama Club at Southeast Elementary School combined acting, costumes and unusual staging with an opportunity to learn about some very special Americans during its Live Black History Wax Museum presented on Feb. 29, the last day of Black History Month.
Students portrayed characters both contemporary and historic and recited a bit of biography for fellow students, parents and school staff who toured the museum – but only after the visitors touched the red button on the students’ iPads.
The 10 characters ranged from Nobel Laureate and author Toni Morrison to abolitionist and women’s rights advocate Sojourner Truth to Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American woman to travel in space.
Fourth-grade teacher Crystal Taylor curated the museum “exhibits.”