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Joliet schools host African American wax museums

Culbertson fourth grade student Ana Perez portrayed former all-star basketball player and Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie and Nicholas Gillespie portrayed American stock car racer Wendell Scott at the event.
Culbertson fourth grade student Ana Perez portrayed former all-star basketball player and Olympic gold medalist Lisa Leslie and Nicholas Gillespie portrayed American stock car racer Wendell Scott at the event.

As part of Black History Month, students at T.E. Culbertson and A.O. Marshall Elementary Schools hosted live wax museums, focusing on famous African Americans, at their schools.

Fourth grade students from Culbertson and fifth grade students from A.O. Marshall each selected a well-known African American man or woman to portray at the event.

n preparation of the event, the students researched, created a display, and wrote a narrative about their notable person. The students even dressed up like the person at the event.

The famous African Americans, past and present, came to life when students and visitors pressed a button at the displays. Selections included Maya Angelou, Charles Drew, Willie Mays, Michelle Obama, Rosa Parks, Colin Powell, and Wendell Scott.

In addition, a Culbertson classroom created an underground railroad and guests had the opportunity to walk through it.

The events were organized by Culbertson teachers Allison Bowbin, Elizabeth Karstensen, and Traci Phillips and Marshall teacher Maida Sauseda.

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