- 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.
The Jim Crow Museum will be closed from December 23, 2013 thru January 1, 2014. The museum will reopen on January 2, 2014.
Renowned Harvard Scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr. recounts five centuries of African-American history in his six-part PBS series "The African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross."
The Jim Crow Museum is featured in Episode Four and Episode Six
Each year the question of the appropriateness of wearing blackface comes up. Sometimes, honest, plain talk is all that is needed.
The Negro Motorist Green Book was a valuable asset to many travelers in the United States from the 1930s-1950s. Victor Hugo Green idea was "to give the Negro traveler information that will keep him from running into difficulties, embarrassments and to make his trips more enjoyable."
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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: