- Swansea High School
Black History Month Living Wax Museum
Article provided by Ms. Williams
Bringing history to life!! Under the guidance of Mrs. Williams, school counselor, students at Swansea High School paid tribute to Black History Month with a “Living Wax Museum” exposition, held in the school media center. Williams said, “she wanted her students to have an opportunity to see and learn about people who had an impact on the world as Black History is history for everybody.”
Students dressed up as prominent figures in African-American history and prepared tabletop display boards that included pictures and interesting facts. Teacher Cadet taught by Mrs. Wilson also presented display boards showcasing a timeline of African American History. Other teachers who assisted with boards and supplies included Ms. Liger, Ms. Rude, Ms. Hales, and Mr. Collado.
Notable African Americans featured in the museum included Jackie Robinson, Jim Brown, Shirley Chisholm, Mae Jemison, Ruby Bridges, and more. There was a music display set up by Mr. Kelly that highlighted well-known musicians including Ray Charles, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Louis Armstrong, Whitney Houston, and others.
Nyala Brooks who portrayed Wilma Randolph said “I learned many new things about African Americans that overcame struggles for great triumphs. Being a part of the wax museum opened my eyes to look more into people who made a difference for people who look like me.” “I chose her Ms. Randolph because she was an athlete just like me.”
Ajaria Gladden stated, “I learned how my ancestors were change agents in the world and it makes me feel proud that they fought for me to have the life I have today.” That is why I chose Shirley Chisholm as she was the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, a woman who broke barriers.”
“I believe we should learn more about Black History in school. Oftentimes, we hear about the more well-known African Americans and forget about others who also paved the way. I am proud to come from a culture filled with brave and bold spirits. It was an honor to portray Zora Neale Hurston said Cyndal Dibble.”
Also, throughout the month, Ms. Broadway, Media Specialist highlighted black authors and shared facts about Black History during morning announcements. Swansea High School plans to hold this event and more each February in years to come with hopes to open it up to the community. #RiseUp