Friday, Feb. 6, 2009 | 12:36 p.m.
In honor of Black History Month, Madame Tussauds Las Vegas unveiled Denzel Washington on Thursday as the newest addition to the wax museum family.
The Academy Award-winning actor’s work has been celebrated for his portrayals of real-life leaders like Malcolm X.
The new statue is the centerpiece of a Black History Month exhibit honoring significant African-American figures in American history, from Michael Jordan and Jamie Foxx to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Oprah Winfrey.
“We tried to take the figures that made more of a significance in the African-American community," Madame Tussauds' consumer sales manager Kurt Moseley said. "Everyone in here is pretty much famous in their own right."
The museum unveiled the Jamie Foxx figure for Black History Month last year and made him a part of the exhibit again this year. It's featured among 11 other figures, including President Obama.
The museum is home to more than 100 figures in American history, each valued at more than $300,000. The Black History Month exhibit, in the “Spirit of America” room, will be on display until the end of the month.