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Members of the Lycoming
College Black Student Union and two faculty advisers recently traveled to
Baltimore, Md., to visit the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum. The students
were accompanied by Seth Goodman, assistant professor of art, and Michael Darough,
assistant professor of art.
According to club president Sifa Blackmon, a junior
graphic design and photography major, the idea to go to a museum
was from one of the clubâ€™s general members, Olivia Coleman. Other students who
went were Kristina Conaway, Marylynn Ryan and Emereis McKelvey.
â€œI found the Great Blacks in Wax Museum online and I thought it
would be an interesting and fun way for the club members to get a sense of
their history, the struggles, hardships and the triumphs immortalized in wax,â€
Blackmon said. â€œI think the most interesting part of the trip, for me, were the
wax statues that we saw in the museum. I donâ€™t think I expected for them to
feel so lifelike and detailed as they were.â€
Blackmon said the group got
to go through a replica of a slave ship. â€œBetween the information and stories
presented â€“ the sounds we heard and the figures depicted inside â€“ there was
this wave of sorrow, not just for the experience that our ancestors went
through, but the realization of how easy it is to forget these moments that
made up our past,â€ she said. â€œTo forget the blood and tears shed over the
years. In my opinion, it made me more appreciative of my life and the
experiences that I have had in my time.â€
During the trip, the students also visited downtown
and the inner harbor, which Blackmon said was a lot of fun.
â€œIt was nice to just enjoy the nice
weather and laid-back atmosphere with everyone, especially with all the stress
from classes,â€ she said. â€œAll of the attractions and sites that the harbor
hosted were really fun to watch and check out.â€
The National Great Blacks in Wax
Museum is among the nationâ€™s most dynamic cultural and educational
institutions. Because it is a wax museum committed solely to the study and
preservation of African-American history, it is also among the most unique.
Primarily, the presentation of life-size, life-like wax figures highlighting
historical and contemporary personalities of African ancestry defines its
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student outcomes. Lycoming offers 36 academic majors and is recognized as a
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near the banks of the Susquehanna River in Williamsport, Pa., Lycoming is one
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From left are faculty adviser Seth Goodman, Kristina Conaway, adviser Michael Darough, Marylynn Ryan and Emereis McKelvey.
Black Student Union members Kristina Conaway, Emereis McKelvey and Marylynn Ryan at Ripleyâ€™s Believe It or Not in Baltimore, Md.