The selected candidates for this program have made significant
contributions to the African American or global community.
The Induction/Fund-A-Figure Program allows corporations,
organizations, families and individuals to provide for
the manufacture and exhibition of a great historical or
contemporary personality in a life-size wax figure. The
wax figure may represent a founder or a prominent member
of a national corporation or organization and remains
a part of The National Great Blacks In Wax Museum's permanent
Program's Recent Unveilings
In an unprecedented effort by the Women's Home and Overseas
Missionary Society of the African Methodist Episcopal
Zion Church to make history and to share its rich heritage
with America, life-size, life like wax figures of two
founding leaders of the denomination, Bishop James Varick,
Founder and first Bishop, and Mrs. Mary Jane Talbot Jones,
First President of The Women's Home and Overseas Missionary
Society (W.H.& O.M.), were unveiled on Thursday, July
21, 2005 at the Connectional Council Meeting of the Women's
Home and Overseas Missionary Society convened at the Hilton
New Orleans Riverside Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.
The W.H.& O.M. Society was organized in 1880 at the
Old Ship A.M.E. Zion Church in Montgomery, Alabama, for
the purpose of churchwomen supporting world evangelism
through missions. Presently, this organization supports
churches and ministries in West, Central and South Africa,
England, India, Guyana, and the Caribbean Islands.
The Women's Society is the oldest and largest lay organization
of the A.M.E. Zion Church with over 800,000 members. Dr.
Barbara L. Shaw serves as the 16th General President.
In this leading role, Dr. Shaw turns focus to the future
by building upon and preserving the notable legacy to
meet human needs using innovative approaches for the 21st
After the unveiling and travel, these life-size wax
figures are available for viewing at The National Great
Blacks In Wax Museum, the nation's first Black history
In 2006, the National Association for the Advancement
of Colored People (NAACP) will unveil wax figure likenesses
of four NAACP historical personalities.
The first, Gloster B. Current, Sr. (1913-1997),
served as the National Director of Branches and Field
Administration of the NAACP for more than 30 years.
Earl T. Shinhoster was the Acting
NAACP Executive Director and CEO who died in 2000.
A wax figure likeness of Medgar Evers and
Myrlie Evers Williams will also be unveiled
at the NAACP National Convention, which will be held
in Washington, DC in July 2006.
Medgar Evers (1925-1963) in 1954 was
appointed the first Field Secretary for the NAACP in
the State of Mississippi. He was cut down by an assassin's
bullet June 12, 1963, a month before his 38th birthday
Myrlie Evers Williams, a living legend,
fought by the side of her husband Medgar to expand the
NAACP branches in Mississippi. She became the first
female to Chair the NAACP National Board.
An anonymous corporate contributor has sponsored the
Gloster B. Current, Sr. wax figure, the Shinhoster family,
City of Savannah and the NAACP Savannah Branch sponsored
the Earl T.
Shinhoster wax figure and AARP is the corporate sponsor
for the Myrlie Evers Wiliams and Medgar
Evers wax figures.
For more information call (410) 563-7809, ext. 104
(410) 563-7809, ext. 104