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Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University

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Dave B wrote a review Nov. 2019
Grand Rapids, Michigan575 contributions214 helpful votes
You would not expect such a museum to be in the lower level of Ferris State University's Library (FLITE Library), but it is there and it is well worth a visit. The museum is a self-guided tour that includes a timeline from the beginning slavery to the present time (actually outside of the library so you can visit this part when the museum is closed). The actual museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from noon until 5:00 p.m. and includes a variety of pieces from the Jim Crow era and pieces from more recent times. I think everyone should visit this museum and I'm amazed that it isn't more well known. The FLITE Library is at the main entrance to Ferris State University so is very easy to find. There is nearby metered parking available. The museum is free but accepts donations. No photography allowed.
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Date of experience: October 2019
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hoffral wrote a review Apr. 2019
Hemlock, Michigan9 contributions3 helpful votes
It takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to tour the artifacts in this collection. The layout includes a chronological display of racism from the roots of slavery through today. The display also touches on our discrimination of native Americans. On display is the commercial normalization of racist beliefs such as Aunt Jemima. We were surprised to see an African American Barbie doll call "Oreo" that included the Oreo cookie logo.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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Katherine L wrote a review Aug. 2018
Big Rapids, Michigan16 contributions3 helpful votes
This museum is intentionally disturbing (at least it should be). It should make one upset and reflective.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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MuscleMustang wrote a review Jul. 2018
Lehigh Acres, Florida35 contributions14 helpful votes
We've visited the museum to get out of the heat, It has some interesting exhibits and history, which are most definitely educational. It's a bit hard to find, and we had to find the right building first, since there are no big signs posted anywhere on the outside.
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Date of experience: August 2017
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Kathy M wrote a review Jun. 2018
Kentwood, Michigan61 contributions14 helpful votes
A large collection of interesting memorabelia and artifacts detailing racism in the USA from slavery to segregation to the civil rights eras including now!! Amazing to see how advertising & media "colored" our thinking.
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Date of experience: June 2018
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