Hateful Things: An Exhibit from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia


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In 2006, ABHM brought the traveling exhibit Hateful Things from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia. Two Milwaukee teens made this excellent short video about the exhibit and what they learned from it.

Below, you see some typical Jim Crow images. Some, like the lawn jockies and Aunt Jemima, you may have seen before. Others, like the shooting target in the shape of a running black man, might be new to you.

On April 26, 2012, the Jim Crow Museum, located on the campus of Ferris University in Big Rapids, Michigan, inaugurated its beautiful new expanded facility.


The museum's exhibits include:


Dr. David Pilgrim, founder and director of the Jim Crow Museum, explains the pervasive impacts of Jim Crow images and offers a tour of this unique facility.

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  1. Natasha on November 29, 2012 at 7:59 PM

    To be honest, I try not to feel much anger when it comes to that but I am angry and I feel disgust and sadness when I see cartoons, art, pictures, read articles or see movies that portray us in these ways. Today media is used in the same ways but the sad thing is our people dont realize the fact that we are making ourselves look back now, instead of them making us look and sound bad. I say be your self but we are supposed to be being the best individuals we can through God. Too many of us dont care about ourselves, dont love ourselves and dont care about others enough to correct what needs to be changed.

  2. Dead Butterfly on February 12, 2014 at 6:58 AM

    I agree

  3. Dead Butterfly on February 12, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    I agree…… seriously! I don’t like racist people!!!!

  4. catherine on February 19, 2015 at 8:28 PM

    honestly, how do these thing and others like it make any one a better person? how do they improve any one’s lives? it’s really all a big waste of people’s potential to spend time and effort on things like this. i hope that one day people will learn and that soon there will be no racisim whatsoever.

  5. Richard A Germer on November 16, 2020 at 11:51 PM

    If you have friends that are white, asian black, native Americans, etc…
    ..Then you racist.
    …I call my friends Tom, Tu, Shavon, Running Deer

  6. That Guy on September 17, 2021 at 1:47 AM

    It’s funny how white people always have tons of opinion when the atrocities of other nations are discussed. They always come in blazing. But are always mute when the atrocities of White Christian Taliban, both past and present, are discussed.
    White Christian America is always quick to condemn Communism, China, Russia, Hitler, Arabs, Muslims but always mute on Issues relating to Native Americans, Blacks, Lynchings, atrocities in Gaza, racism, slavery, colonialism, Hiroshima and Nagasaki. These are no-go areas for the White Christian Taliban of America.

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