Ferris State University’s Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia has an important mission: to use objects of intolerance to teach tolerance and promote social justice.
The museum recently received a significant donation to help towards that mission.
An anonymous donor has given them 135 large-format Polaroid prints from photographer David Levinthal’s famous and controversial Blackface series.
They’re valued at some $2 million.
David Pilgrim, the founder and curator of the Jim Crow Museum, joined Stateside to discuss David Levinthal’s controversial series of photographs, how the museum tries to teach a history of racism through objects, the museum’s growing collection, and the museum’s commitment to showing racist memorabilia currently being made.