NATIONAL GREAT BLACKS IN WAX MUSEUM
In keeping with our mission, The Henrietta Lacks Legacy Group is engaging in a number of fundraising efforts to place a wax figure of Henrietta Lacks in the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum, located at 1601 E. North Avenue, Baltimore, MD. We believe that this is a worthy project that will serve to spread the educational message of Mrs. Lacks’ cells and contributions to modern medicine to generations to come. We will keep you posted on our fundraising efforts (aside from GoFundMe efforts). For example, the painting above, by Baltimore artist, David Horst is about to be auctioned with proceeds going to a wax figure. We will let you know when plans are put into motion.
This proposal of a Lacks figure in the museum addresses issues of social justice considering the circumstances surrounding the removal of Mrs. Lacks’ cells and the economic inequities that followed. The museum is an important cultural center in Baltimore and Washington DC area for residents and visitors alike. It exists as an educational institution, preserving African American history through life-size wax figures of compelling historical turning points and significance.