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FOUNDER AND CURATOR OF THE JIM CROW MUSEUM OF RACIST MEMORABILIA AT FERRIS STATE UNIVERSITY TO SPEAK AT AQ PLUS AN EXHIBIT OF MUSEUM ARTIFACTS AND DOCUMENTARY

January 24, 2005 - David Pilgrim, Ph.D. founder and curator of the Ferris Sate University (FSU) Museum of Racist Memorabilia will speak at Aquinas College on Monday, January 31 at 11 a.m. in Kretschmer Recital Hall of the Aquinas Art and Music Center. ?Hateful Things, Objects from the Jim Crow Museum and documentary will be on exhibit at Aquinas from Monday, January 31 through Friday, February 4. The lecture and exhibit are free and the public is welcome to attend.

Pilgrim, professor of sociology, was distinguished teacher for 2003-04 at FSU and has gained national media recognition for his work with the museum, including interviews with National Public Radio, The New York Times and the British Broadcasting Corporation. His documentary Jim Crow's Museum, won the Best Documentary Award at the 2004 Flint Film Festival. A sought-after speaker on racial and ethnic relations, Pilgrim is currently leading a fundraising campaign to relocate the museum. He has also collected all of the artifacts that will comprise the Sarah Baartman Room, a museum designed to address historical and contemporary expressions of sexism.

I want to create an exhibit that changes the way people talk about racism,? said Pilgrim, when speaking of the Hateful Things, Object form the Jim Crow Museum exhibit. The purpose of the traveling exhibit is to educate people on what life was like for those living under Jim Crow. ?Hateful Things? exhibit was sponsored by grants from the Ferris Foundation and the FSU College of Arts and Sciences.

The Jim Crow Museum is both a real place and a virtual site. The actual Museum is located on the Ferris State University Campus in Big Rapids. The Museum Web site addresses the history, stories and questions that make-up the collection. There are six main objectives to the Museum including: collect, exhibit and preserve objects and collections related to racial segregation, civil rights and anti-Black caricatures; promote the scholarly examination of historical and contemporary expressions of racism; serve as an educational resource for scholars and teachers at the state, national and international levels, to name a few.