$2 Million Gift to Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia
Museum Receives Powerful Collection by Noted Photographer David Levinthal
The gift, from an anonymous donor, includes 135 large-format Polaroids, primarily from Levinthal’s legendary Blackface series, but complemented with works from his Barbie and Mein Kampf series.
With this donation, it is believed that the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, which is internationally-known for its collection of racist memorabilia, now possesses one of the largest collections of Levinthal’s Blackface originals in the world.
After being contacted by the donor’s representative, David Pilgrim, vice president for Diversity and Inclusion at Ferris and founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum, immediately knew the magnitude of the impact this gift would bring to the Museum and all who visit.
“Levinthal used his camera to document the ugly representations of African Americans in the toys, games, and dolls played with by this nation’s children. These images both reflected and shaped attitudes toward black people. His prints will be invaluable teaching tools for the Jim Crow Museum.”
“This wonderful gift to the Jim Crow Museum and Ferris is one of the most significant gifts that we have ever received,” said Ferris President David Eisler. “This gift reflects Dr. Pilgrim’s internationally-recognized leadership and commitment to educating the public on examining expressions of racism and promoting social justice.” Join us today by making a gift.