The first wax museum of African American history in the United States, the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum is dedicated to preserving and promoting, through life-like, life-sized wax models, African American culture.  Also, as the first wax museum in Baltimore, Maryland, it is located at 1601 East North Avenue in the Oliver community.

Founded by husband-and-wife educators, Dr. Elmer Martin and Dr. Joanna Martin, this museum began as a start-up, operating on a grassroots level, in 1983.  Originally called “The Blacks in Wax Museum”, its name was changed to “The National Great Blacks in Wax Museum” after being officially recognized by U.S. Congress in 2004.