A new traveling exhibition explores the Jim Crow system, the African American experience through the Jim Crow era, and the legacies of this system in modern society.

From Aunt Jemima advertisements to children’s games, American popular culture is replete with racist images. The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Imagery features an extensive collection of racist objects that trace the history of the caricaturing and stereotyping of African Americans. The Museum, located at Ferris State University, is offering Overcoming Hateful Things, a full size traveling exhibition, to further the Museum’s mission of stimulating the scholarly examination of historical and contemporary expressions of racism, as well as promoting racial understanding and healing.

The traveling exhibition contains over 100 items of material culture from the late 19th century to the present, embodying the terrible effects of the Jim Crow legacy. There are also 8 multimedia stations and interactive components such as flip panels and digital tablets.

In addition to items from popular and commercial culture, the traveling exhibit contains images of violence against African Americans as well as the Civil Rights activists struggling for racial equality. Signage for each primary source places it in its proper cultural or historical context. The disturbing objects have been lifted from their original purposes to now serve as powerful reminders of America’s racist past—and as teaching tools. But more importantly, Overcoming Hateful Things acquaints viewers with African American pushback, through activism, achievement, and living with dignity in their daily lives.

Exhibition Details

Languages: English
Rental Fee:
Priced according to the duration of display.
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Minimum Rental Period:
12 weeks
2400-3,000 sq ft / 465 sq m
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Interactives: 8 multimedia interactives
Supplementary Materials:
Educational, Media Kit


For more information, please contact:

Lending Organization: Jim Crow Museum of Racist Imagery
Contact Person: Michelle Watson, Traveling Exhibition Coordinator
Telephone: +1-705-930-7757
Email: mwatson@culturetrove.com
Website: Jim Crow Musem at Ferris State University

Grand Rapids Public Museum
Michigan, USA
May to Sep. 2023

Additional Venues To be Announced

Oct to Dec 2023 – Please contact

Jan to Mar 2024 – Please contact

Apr to Jun 2024 – Please contact

Jul to Dec 2024 – Tentative

2025 and beyond – Available

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