Teaching Tolerance With Objects of Intolerance
The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia is the nation's largest publicly accessible collection of artifacts of intolerance. The Museum contextualizes the dreadful impact of Jim Crow laws and customs. The Museum uses objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote a more just society.
The museum is located on the campus of Ferris State University in Big Rapids, MI. Admission is free for all visitors.
Critical Encounters: Featured Exhibits
THEM: Images of Separation
Traveling exhibition that showcases items from popular culture used to stereotype different groups.
The coon caricature is one of the most insulting of all anti-black caricatures. The name itself, an abbreviation of raccoon, is dehumanizing.
Explore Coon Caricature
Battling Jim Crow Imagery
Black artists have been at the forefront of the battle against anti-black imagery. They have used their art to "deconstruct" racist imagery.
Explore Battling Jim Crow Imagery
Explore the Museum Virtually
Experience the power of a visit to the Jim Crow Museum virtually. The museum's virtual tour gives you the opportunity to discover many of the highlights from our collection.
Telling a Larger Story
Museum Expansion Project
Help the Jim Crow Museum tell a larger story. Support the museum's expansion into a state of the art facility that will foster critical encounters with artifacts of intolerance and their dreadful impact.
Howard+Revis Selected as Exhibit Design Firm for the Future Jim Crow Museum Project
Jim Crow Museum Launches Virtual Tour
Questions for the Museum
Similar to how gun ownership was highly restricted for African Americans, the ownership of dogs was also regulated, for enslaved people and for free African Americans.
Over the past two years, the decision to rebrand the product resulted in different, often passionate, commentaries and opinions.
Mike Wolfe of American Pickers, recently donated a lunch counter sign from the Union News Company. Read more about the history of the Union News Company.
Many notable Black women contributed to the history of the state of Michigan. This March we will honor their legacy, lives, and accomplishments.
You never hear much about Black classical music composers, can you give some information on some?
I read in Traveling While Black that there was a Jim Crow Travel Kit. Do you have one of the kits at the Jim Crow Museum?
How do the museum staff feel about working with a collection of hateful and hurtful objects?
The Green Book was such a brilliant idea. Did it offer more than just lodging, food, and gas locations?
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Jim Crow Museum
1010 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307