‘Overcoming Hateful Things’ Exhibit Opens In Downtown Detroit
As we celebrate Black History Month, metro Detroit is offering many ways to celebrate. In fact, a traveling exhibit from Ferris State University’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Imagery is officially open. You can check out the exhibit at the Wayne County Community College District in Downtown Detroit.
The exhibit is called “Overcoming Hateful Things: Stories from the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Imagery.” According to its website, it explores the Jim Crow system, the African American experience through the Jim Crow era, and the legacies of this system in modern society. “Hateful Things will cultivate understanding and empathy for victims of racial intolerance throughout history to the modern day and allow visitors to bear witness to the need to guard against the dehumanizing characterizations of others, so they do not become further culturally entrenched,” said the website.
From Aunt Jemima advertisements to children’s games, they’ll also explore American popular culture with racist images. It will feature an extensive collection of racist objects that trace the history of the “caricaturing and stereotyping of African Americans.”
According to its website, the traveling exhibition contains over 150 items of material culture from the late 19th century to the present, embodying the terrible effects of the Jim Crow legacy. 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.
The exhibition is free and open to the public and will be available Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wayne County Community College District is located at 1001 West Fort Street in Detroit.
Other events include the With Liberty and Justice for All exhibit happening at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation at 20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn all month long. As well as the Detroit Institute of Arts’ “Regeneration: Black Cinema, 1898-1971,” which honors the legacy of African Americans in film. It’s located at 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit.