Second graders bring history wax museum to life

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) – A group of second graders at Pineywoods Academy in Lufkin brought their history book lessons to life in the form of a wax museum Thursday.

The heroes ranged from astronauts to political activists.  Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the United States, was represented.  History lessons tell us Lincoln was an outspoken opponent of slavery in the United States.  He successfully led the country through its greatest constitutional, military and moral crisis, the American Civil War, which preserved the Union and ended slavery.

Christopher Columbus, the Italian explorer, navigator, and colonizer who "sailed the ocean blue in 1492," was represented.  Columbus perhaps best known for his voyages across the Atlantic Ocean which led to the discovery of the New World, American continents in the Western Hemisphere.

Pocahontas, a Virginia Indian chief's daughter known best for having assisted colonial settlers at Jamestown, was represented.

Eleanor Roosevelt, the wife of Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and international author, speaker activist, was represented.  Roosevelt is perhaps best known for the New Deal Coalition.  She worked to enhance the status of working women and was an advocate for civil rights.  She also supported the formation of the United Nations.

Harriet Tubman, an African-American abolitionist and humanitarian, was represented.  Tubman is perhaps best known for using the Underground Railroad to help rescue slaves.

Those are just a handful of the dozens of characters the students represented.  Each student chose a hero, researched their character and then memorized and recited their summaries in costumes based on pictures they had to find themselves.

The Human Wax Museum was open to their fellow students for three hours on Thursday.

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