Jim Crow Museum
1010 Campus Drive
Big Rapids, MI 49307
In 2018, Ferris State University's Jim Crow Museum of Racist Imagery received an anonymous gift of 372 original historical images by renowned photographer Bruce Davidson. He is acclaimed for his photographs of the civil rights movement, where he offered a powerful window into the daily, at times heroic, fight for racial equality in this defining period in United States history.
As a participant and an observer in this struggle for racial equality, Davidson used his camera to chronicle the demonstrations, the protests, the aftermath of the bombings, and the social and political upheaval that changed this nation. During four turbulent and violent years, 1961-65, he captured a tense, divided nation in scenes that range from defiant struggles to tender moments among those disfavored and marginalized because of their dark skin.
The Time of Change exhibit juxtaposes the Bruce Davidson photographs documenting the civil rights fight of the 1960s with contemporary photography chronicling the Black Lives Matter movement.
Time of Change exhibition presents 30 photographs by Davidson that capture the struggle for justice and equality during a time of Freedom Rides, protests, marches, and police violence. The exhibit also includes 15 photographs by recent photographers documenting the resistance to racial injustices, including cruelties done under cover of law.
The exhibition, Time of Change is made possible by a grant from the Michigan Humanities, an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. These original Bruce Davidson images were a gift from an anonymous donor to the Jim Crow Museum.
Exhibition and Museum Contacts
For information on booking Traveling Exhibits, including scheduling and hosting costs, contact Lisa Kemmis at [email protected] or (231) 591-5873.
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