- Collect, exhibit and preserve objects and collections related to racial segregation, anti-black caricatures, civil rights, and African American achievement.
- 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.
Don Barksdale was an All-American basketball player at UCLA, an NBA ALL-Star, and an Olympic Champion. But because of his color he was not allowed to play during the 1948 Olympic Gold Metal run. Read more in this June's Question of the Month.
The so-called "Negro Battle Royal" was a common event at many fairs, carnivals, and boxing matches throughout America. In most cases, the primary participants were African American men and boys who would beat each other senseless for the comedic pleasure of the audience for a few dollars.
Booker T. Washington was the first African American to be honored on a U.S. Postal stamp. Learn about the history of this stamp in this months Question of the Month.
The new 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 new 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. or group tours by appointment. To schedule a tour, please contact the museum at (231) 591-5873 or at email@example.com. Please refer to the calendar of events for availability.
The mission of the Jim Crow Museum is to use objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice.
Museum Policy Update
Visitors to the Jim Crow Museum are prohibited from photographing or video recording any portions of the Museum.
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.
Objectives of the Jim Crow Museum
The Museum's mission is achieved through the following objectives: