Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Ferris' Jim Crow Museum Featured In Detroit Free Press Article

Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit


Ferris State Universit
y vice president for Diversity and Inclusion David Pilgrim, curator of the Jim Crow Museum for Racist Memorabilia, was part of a Detroit Free Press feature story.
Some people think hateful racist images should be ignored, kept out of sight. Buried in the past.

But Ferris State University educator, administrator and historian David Pilgrim doesn't see it that way.

He says that derogatory images are not only fixtures from the past, they are being created every day. Moreover, Pilgrim believes that the images can be used to spur productive conversations about race.

That's why he created the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia -- photos, cartoons, artifacts, art and everyday objects that present negative portrayals of blacks and others.

A traveling exhibit from the museum, "THEM: Images of Separation," will be on display at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit through March 5.
For the complete story, visit the Detroit Free Press website, here.

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