Thanks City for printing the letter. Much appreciated. More on the Jim Crow Museum at end.
Jim Crow Museum could take carousel panel
Recently, Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo determined that any decisions on the Ontario Beach carousel rest with the City of Rochester, i.e. the City Council and the mayor’s office. Many ideas have been proposed: leaving the panel as it is, adding an explanatory text, moving the panel to storage, donating the panel to a local museum, or destroying the panel.
There is another option. The internationally known Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan, has offered to take the panel, free of charge, and display it. As explained to me by the museum’s founder, Dr. David Pilgrim, the museum is constructing new showcases ideally suited for the panel.
Furthermore, Dr. Pilgrim says that the panel could be returned to Rochester anytime in the future.
The panel is not suitable for the MAG collection. And RMSC hasn’t made a proposal to take the panel.
I have repeatedly told officials about the Jim Crow Museum option and received no responses.
Supposedly, decisions on the panel are to be made before the spring. I can foresee the worst case: the panel gets dumped in some storage space and forgotten, and we miss the chance to loan the panel to the Jim Crow Museum.
Come on, City Council and the mayor’s office, give Dr. Pilgrim a call.