New Jim Crow Museum in Big Rapids Now Open to the Public

The new Jim Crow Museum is now open to the public. The Museum features six exhibit areas — Who and What is Jim Crow, Jim Crow Violence, Jim Crow and Anti-Black Imagery, Battling Jim Crow Imagery, Attacking Jim Crow Segregation, and Beyond Jim Crow.

The Museum also offers a comprehensive timeline of the African American experience in the United States. The timeline is divided into six sections: Africa Before Slavery, Slavery in America, Reconstruction, Jim Crow, Civil Rights and Post Civil Rights.

The Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University strives to become a leader in social activism and in the discussion of race and race relations. This new facility will provide increased opportunities for education and research. Please join us as we embark on this mission.

Regular hours are Monday thru Friday 12-5 p.m. and by appointment. To schedule a tour, please contact the museum at (231) 591-5873 or Please refer to the calendar of events for availability.

For more insight into the museum’s mision, read this 2010 post, Race, Race Relations, and Racism: Stories from the Jim Crow Museum.