Originally named The Black World History Wax Museum, the organization changed its name to The Griot Museum of Black History (“The Griot”) in 2009. In some west African countries, the griot, is responsible for collecting and preserving the history that is of value and relevance to the community. A “living repository” of oral tradition, the griot is often seen as a societal leader who gathers and holds important invents such as births, deaths, marriages, and cultural traditions. The trusted griot often interprets or critiques events before presenting them to the village leaders. A historian, storyteller, praise singer, poet and/or musician, the griot shares stories through a variety of formats. Likewise, The Griot Museum also collects, holds, preserves, and shares the stories, culture, and history of Black people.