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June 7 – September 11

September 3 Founders Day Reception 2-4pm
Remarks from Dr. David Pilgrim, V.P. Diversity & Inclusion Office 2:30-2:45pm

Time of Change: Documenting the Civil Rights Movement

through the lens of Bruce Davidson 

The exhibition, Time of Change, presents 30 photographs, each representative of Davidson’s talents, but more importantly, the images document the struggle for justice, equality, and desegregation during a time of Freedom Rides, protests, marches, and police violence. We see glimpses into the everyday lives of the people who fought against the daily cruelties of life under Jim Crow, including racial terrorism, delivered upon them by their fellow citizens, often under the cover of law.

In 2018 the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Objects was the recipient of a sizeable donation of works by the renowned photojournalist Bruce Davidson.  Davidson is best known for his photo-essays documenting subversive and counter-culture groups.

How Far Have We Come

The exhibition, Time of Change is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. These original Bruce Davidson images were a gift from an anonymous donor to the Jim Crow Museum.

The first virtual exhibit is called 'She Persisted' and it is a collection of objects from the Grand Rapids Public Museum, this exhibit was intended to be part of a larger collaboration with artworks in celebration of the anniversary of the 19th amendment. 

Here is a link to the 'She Persisted' exhibit.

Carrie Weis
Museum & Gallery Director
Ferris State University
Fine Art Gallery