Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia Opens at Ferris State University
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
April 26, 2012
The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia on the campus of Ferris State University officially opens today. The new $1.3 million, 3,300-square-foot museum's collection includes more than 9,000 artifacts.
The Museum features six exhibit areas Who and What is Jim Crow, Jim Crow Violence, Jim Crow and Anti-Black Imagery, Battling Jim Crow Imagery, Attacking Jim Crow Segregation, and Beyond Jim Crow.
The museum lists six objectives
-- Collect, exhibit and preserve objects and collections related to racial segregation, civil rights and anti-Black caricatures.
-- Promote the scholarly examination of historical and contemporary expressions of racism.
-- Serve as a teaching resource for Ferris State University courses which deal, directly or indirectly, with the issues of race and ethnicity.
-- Serve as an educational resource for scholars and teachers at the state, national and international levels.
-- Promote racial understanding and healing.
-- Serve as a resource for civil rights and human rights organizations.
The curator of the museum is David Pilgrim, vice president for diversity and inclusion at Ferris State. He holds a doctorate in sociology from Ohio State University.