BACK IN TIME: Banks School brings Civil War figures to life

Published 9:27 pm Friday, December 6, 2019

What’s a teacher to do when wanting to go deeper than the history book? Phyllis Jackson, sixth grade teacher at Banks School, puts on a living wax museum.

“The book covers a lot about the Civil War, but there’s more to learn,” Jackson said. “So we let the students do more, pick who they want to be for the museum and do more individual research on them.”

The results of three months of work was on display at the Banks School gymnasium on Friday, with 37 students portraying many figures from the time period from Frederick Douglass to Abraham Lincoln to Robert E. Lee.

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As other students toured the museum, they could visit the exhibits and “press the button” to hear more about the historical figures life straight from the mouths of the actors and actresses, who have spent much time preparing.

“They do the research, they create their boards and they come up with their costumes,” Jackson said. “That’s why they look so good; they aren’t going to come out in something they wouldn’t feel is good enough.”

The wax museum was so successful, the visitors actually included students outside of the school system. Barbour County High School students.

Through the museum, both visiting students and participating students get to learn about history in a creative and engaging way that brings the characters to life, not just for the day, but in the minds of students for the rest of their lives.