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Benzonia Academy Lecture Series: With Liberty and Justice for All, The Jim Crow Museum

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October 11, 2012
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Benzie Area Historical Museum
6941 Traverse Ave.
Benzonia, MI United States

“With Liberty and Justice for All: The Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University,” with Dr. Jim Thorpe.

The Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University tells the story of the use of negative stereotyping to demean and diminish Africans and their American descendants. The Museum houses a world class collection of commonplace everyday objects of all kinds which caricature African Americans. Caricatures originated during slavery but are still being used today. The Museum also tells the story of Black push-back and accomplishment in the face of Jim Crow oppression.

Professor Thorpe  reflects on his 16 years experience working in the Museum. Dr. Thorpe received his degree in cultural anthropology from the University of Chicago, has done research in Bangladesh, the Philippines and Kenya. He was a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College -Notre Dame, and for 18 years the Social Sciences Department Head at Ferris State University. He assisted in the foundation of the Museum, served as director, trained faculty and facilitated tours of the Museum.

Benzonia is about 40 minutes southwest of Traverse City on US-31.

Image: “Aunt Jemima,” courtesy http://www.ferris.edu/jimcrow/antiblack.htm