MIKE HOUSEHOLDER,Associated Press

BIG RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) -- The objects displayed in Michigan's newest museum range from the ordinary, such as simple ashtrays and fishing lures, to the grotesque -- a full-size replica of a lynching tree. But all are united by a common theme: They are steeped in racism so intense that it makes visitors cringe.

That's the idea behind the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, which says it has amassed the nation's largest public collection of artifacts spanning the segregation era, from Reconstruction until the civil rights movement, and beyond.

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Comment by Alva H. Griffith on April 19, 2012 at 11:41pm

I think this is a good idea, having the memorabilia in one location so that it can be seen, and hopefully do some teaching.  My main concern is that the location of this school may be a bit off the beaten path for most who NEED to see the exhibit to be able to get to it.  I am so tired of today's society (too many take too much for granted, too many can't figure out why folk don't just "move on", too many really don't want to know what happened, too many feel everything is so much better now, etc).   I realize that the old heads like me, who lived it, understand... but even some of them act like there is something wrong with discussing it. You can't fantasize it away...  We may not be quite there, but I think we are well on the way, especially if we refuse to face up to the current atmosphere and find a way to deal with it. 

Comment by Forum AfriGeneas on April 19, 2012 at 5:00pm

Are we back to the era of Reconstruction?

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