Hateful Things

Northern Illinois University’s Pick Museum of Anthropology hosts the traveling exhibition Hateful Things. The exhibit was created and circulated by the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University and represents nearly 150 years of anti-black/racist memorabilia and imagery. The exhibition contains 39 items from the late 19th century to the present, embodying the terrible effects of the Jim Crow legacy.

The exhibit depicts items from popular and commercial culture, the exhibit also contains images of violence against African Americans as well as the Civil Rights struggle for racial equality. This powerful exhibit lifts objects from their original purposes to serve as reminders of America's racist past and challenges present-day images and systems of oppression. It is a representation of racial stereotyping with the aim of stimulating the scholarly examination of historical and contemporary expressions of racism, as well as promoting racial understanding and healing. The exhibit is open to the public for in-person and virtual tours March 19 – April 9, 2021.

Take a virtual tour of exhibit by viewing the YouTube video below.