2505 St. Louis Ave., St. Louis, MO, 63106-2324 / Cake artist: Keith Cotton
The first African-American wax museum west of the Mississippi is the Griot Museum of Black History, located near Old North St. Louis. The Griot (pronounced ‘gree-oh’) Museum of Black History is only the second of its kind in the United States. It opened as the Black World History Wax Museum in 1997, but in 2007 changed to its current name. Griot is a meaning of a highly respected individual (mostly West African) who collects artifacts, and is traditional to the African community, mostly connecting to American history. The museum hosts traveling expeditions, as well as sponsor community projects. In addition to life-size models of slave ships and slavery-related statues, there is also sections of the museum devoted to African-Americans who have positively contributed to America, including Madam Walker.
Cake placement date: February 25
Where is the cake now?: The cake still sits outside the museum (April 2017). The museum worker told me, ‘People still get out and take pictures of (the cake)!’