Posted by: Ed Darrell | May 16, 2011

Jim Crow Museum, blog, and Black Like Me

I found an interesting and often compelling source on the web:  The Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University, physically located at the campus in Big Rapids, Michigan.

Why would anyone make a museum to a repugnant series of laws that most Americans now find to be a great embarrassment?  Curator David Pilgrim explained:

I collect this garbage because I believe, and know to be true, that items of intolerance can be used to teach tolerance.

A blog accompanies the museum, also “curated” by David Pilgrim.   This entry on Pilgrim’s experience and views of the classic book, John Howard Griffin’s Black Like Me, suggest this could be a useful site for students looking at civil rights history, nonviolence, and the history of tolerance or racism.

It is sad that we need such an institution more than 45 years after the Civil Rights Act of 1964; since the institution is needed, this serves vital needs, astonishing information about why we need to be on guard against racism today.

More, resources: 


  1. good

  2. i hate that james byrd jr. was dragged for three miles. i dont think it was necessary for that to happen to him..on the other hand i do want to go visit the museum because ive never been to one

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