Virtual Tour of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University
Join the Jim Crow Museum Educators for a virtual tour of the museum’s exhibits in a one-hour presentation with a Q&A session at the end. The Jim Crow Museum is an anti-racism institution that houses more than 15,000 artifacts. The majority of the objects were created between the 1870s and the 1960s. The largest portion of the museum's holdings is anti-black memorabilia, for example, mammy candles, Nellie fishing lures, picaninny ashtrays, sambo masks, and lawn jockeys. These objects both shaped and reflected attitudes toward African Americans during the Jim Crow era. The museum also displays Jim Crow memorabilia—books, signs, tickets, brochures, and photographs—that promoted racial segregation. The museum demonstrates how racist ideas and anti-black images were pervasive within American culture. It also shows how these images and ideas have resurfaced in recent years. Stories about African American achievements during the Jim Crow era, along with artifacts of the Civil Rights Movement, are also found within the museum.
Age recommendation: Teens