The Jim Crow Museum
Tour the Jim Crow museum with founder and curator, Dr. David Pilgrim. Dr. Pilgrim discusses some of the major themes of the Jim Crow Museum. Jim Crow was not just a character or a set of "laws", it was a system that built upon itself to create and sustain a society with a racial hierarchy.
From Aunt Jemima advertisements to the board game Ghettopoly, American popular culture is replete with racist images. The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia features an extensive collection of racist objects that trace the history of the stereotyping of African Americans.
"THEM: Images of Separation," is a traveling exhibition that showcases items from popular culture used to stereotype different groups. The negative imagery -- found on postcards, license plates, games, souvenirs and costumes -- promoted stereotyping against such groups as Asian-Americans, Hispanics, Jews and poor whites, as well as those who are "other" in terms of body type or sexual orientation.
The battle continues as racial images and items are produced daily. Objects with racist themes are created, produced, and sold weekly in the United States.
The Jim Crow Museum is proud to announce that the book "Understanding Jim Crow: Using Racist Memorabilia to Teach Tolerance and Promote Social Justice" written by Dr. Pilgrim has been released.Buffalo Soldier Troop
The Buffalo Soldiers and some Native American tribes had many battles in the late 19th Century. Learn more about battles between Chief Victorio and the Buffalo Soldiers.Henry Flipper
Want to learn more about a prominent member of the Buffalo Soldiers? Henry Flipper has an amazing story in this month's Question of the Month.Music Box disk
Sometimes donations to the Museum are pieces we have never seen before. Learn more about the Regina Music Box Disk donated to the museum in this month's Question of the Month.Birmingham Heathens
Considering there have been thousands of caricatured images of African Americans used in advertising, there must be hundreds that have been used as sports mascots and logos right? Find out in this month's Question of the Month.JCM Entrance
This month's Question of the Month explores copyright of segregation signs. Does anyone own these copyrights? Find out in June's Question of the Month.
The Jim Crow Museum is now open and is FREE to the public. 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 also offers a comprehensive timeline of the African American experience in the United States. The timeline is divided into six sections: Africa Before Slavery, Slavery in America, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights and Post Civil Rights.
The Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University strives to become a leader in social activism and in the discussion of race and race relations. This facility will provide increased opportunities for education and research. Please join us as we embark on this mission.
Regular hours are Monday thru Friday 12-5 p.m. Due to staffing changes, the museum will suspend Saturday open hours. Group tours, please continue to make an appointment. To schedule a tour, please contact the museum at (231) 591-5873 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please refer to the calendar of events for availability.
For Children Visitors to the Jim Crow Museum Policy, please see Contact page.
Visitors to the Jim Crow Museum are prohibited from photographing or video recording any portions of the Museum.
Exceptions to this policy can be made at the sole discretion of Museum staff and might include special events, scholars who have made arrangements in advance of their visits, and credentialed members of the press.
The Museum's mission is achieved through the following objectives:
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