NIU Pick Museum hosts “Hateful Things” exhibit

The DeKalb County History Center is sharing information about a traveling exhibit held at NIU’s Pick Museum on Anthropology. This traveling exhibit represents nearly 150 years of anti-black/racist materials and challenges present-day images of racial stereotyping.

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From Aunt Jemima advertisements to the board game Ghettopoly, American popular culture is replete with racist images. The traveling exhibition Hateful Things – created and circulated by the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University – represents nearly 150 years of anti-black/racist material culture and imagery. The exhibition contains 39 items from the late 19th century to the present, embodying the terrible effects of the Jim Crow legacy. In addition to 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 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.

Note: the cost of admission to the museum is free, but parking in the NIU visitor lot is $5 per vehicle.

As the health and well-being of their visitors and staff is of highest priority, the Pick Museum of Anthropology implemented safety procedures. For details and to register to see the exhibit visit this website:


Feb 02 2021 - Apr 09 2021

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NIU's Pick Museum
Cole Hall, DeKalb, IL, USA
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