…a frontiersman, a seamstress to a President, civil rights activists, entertainers, champions of education, inventors, scientists, and religious leaders call us to experience the stories of those who came before—photographs and documents, a roughly hewn, earth-calked cabin, and a cargo vessel-turned-slave ship—the history of our common past….
Formally The Black World History Wax Museum,The Griot Museum of Black History and Culture opened in February 1997. Like the “griot” in some African Societies, we are the keeper of the stories, culture, and history of Black people—particularly the stories of those whose lives intersect with St. Louis and the region. Through compelling core exhibits, touring shows, and educational programs, we create a community of lifelong learners who explore, experience, and embrace Missouri’s rich and enduring African American heritage.” The Griot is alive in new ways consistent with the museums in the collaborative to provide deeper knowledge and understanding of our early history through diverse programs, tours, and educational resources.
At The Griot Museum of Black History and Culture visitors can “meet” and learn about Dred and Harriet Scott, Elizabeth Keckley, William Wells Brown, York, Madame C.J. Walker, James Milton Turner, Clark Terry, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Carter G. Woodson, Josephine Baker, the Rev. Earl. E. Nance Sr., Miles Davis, Percy Green, Macler Shepard and others.