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Joliet grade schools celebrate Black History Month

Culbertson fourth grade students Adilene Pantoja (left) and Julissa Rodriguez portrayed Rosa Parks and Bessie Coleman at the event celebrating Black History Month.
Culbertson fourth grade students Adilene Pantoja (left) and Julissa Rodriguez portrayed Rosa Parks and Bessie Coleman at the event celebrating Black History Month.

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

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

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

Selected people included Maya Angelou, Gwendolyn Bennett, George Washington Carver, Sylvia Del Villard, Ella Fitzgerald, Langston Hughes, Michael Jordan, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Charlotte Ray and Dorothy Vaughan.

Culbertson also created an underground railroad for guests and students to walk through at Marshall.

The living wax museums were organized by Culbertson teachers Elizabeth Karstensen and Traci Phillips; Marshall teachers Heather DeMarco, Vanessa McNeff and Maida Sauseda; and Washington academic adviser Lisa Manuel and school secretary Tiaerra Kimbrough.

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