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African American Wax Exhibit, Tax Prep Coming To AD Harris

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Panama City, Fla. -

A nationwide exhibit celebrating African American history may soon make it's way from the East coast to the panhandle. It's just one of several programs the Community Redevelopment Agency is looking to implement at the AD Harris Learning Village.

"A lot of times when you read history, you never get a chance to visualize or see the person," said Toni Shamplain with the Community Redevelopment Agency.

That may soon change, as the Glenwood Working Partnership and the CRA work to bring history from Baltimore to the Panhandle.

"There was an idea to bring a traveling exhibit from the national blacks in Wax museum," Shamplain said.

Six iconic figures - including Mary McLeod Bethune, James Weldon Johnson, Zora Neale Hurston and Joe Louis - would be displayed at the AD Harris Learning Village, costing the CRA about $6,000. Shamplain says the potential it sparks in the Glenwood community is invaluable.

"The overall goal is to begin the process of igniting energy towards the design and implementation of a cultural heritage district," Shamplain said.

Another goal for the project is education, something Shamplain says they've been aiming for at the village.

"One of the most important tools that I've lived long enough on this earth to respect is education, and education takes various forms," she said.

One of those forms of education coming to the village - a tax preparation and financial literacy class courtesy of the United Way set to start this month.

"You're never too old to learn, especially as we live in this electronic world today," Shamplain said.

And Shamplain says with a health clinic set to be added to the mix, the AD Harris learning village is set to hit the ground running in 2013.

The CRA board is set to vote on approval of the exhibit at Tuesday's meeting. The exhibit would be in place from February 17th to February 20th.