St. Francis Xavier students bring historic and contemporary Black Catholics to life by portraying them in a wax museum

A week after the nation’s Catholic bishops met in Baltimore, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Academy in Washington, D.C., hosted a gathering on Nov. 22 of some bishops, and also women religious, potential saints, famous entertainers, star athletes and noted writers, all portrayed by fourth and fifth graders there for the school’s first National Black Catholic Live Wax Museum.

“Because it (November) is Black Catholic History Month, we wanted to do something special,” said Sister Patricia Ralph, a Sister of St. Joseph who teaches the fourth and fifth grades there.

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