Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This short story written in the 1910 yearbook is titled "Mammy Rose" and centers around a young man Marse Roberts who has lost hope at being successful. However an older "colored" woman comes upon him, and they reconnect as she took care of him when…

This essay in the 1915 yearbook is written by student Evan Chesterman who is writing about the pride of Richmond ancestry. Chesterman uses metaphors when decribing the abandoned college campus during the Civil War as "a little darkey's kinky head…

This short story, appearing in the 1897 edition of the University of Richmond’s yearbook The Spider, details the life of Dick Ricard: a Black boy with a talent for yodeling. Writing in a mocking, paternalistic tone, the author L. R. Hamberlin…

This short story written in the 1911 yearbook titled, "Uncle Remus on Coeds" and goes into detail about the elaborate parties that coeds throw, through the narrative of Uncle Remus. The story uses "negro" dialect and misspellings of words in order to…

This page features the names of the Westhampton student members of the Piedmont Club in 1917. The photograph shows an African-American man pulling a horse and carriage filled with the female members of the club.

The "Echoes From The Minstrel" section toward the end of the Westhampton College yearbook is a collection of jokes and quotes written in "Negro dialect." "The Minstrel" is a reference to the minstrel shows that the Glee Club began putting on in May…

A drawing of a man whose face and hands are black. His facial features are not distinct except for eyes and a mouth. The caption beneath the drawing reads "A SPIDER OF COLOR". His clothes are mismatched and shabby. He does not look fully human…

This collage of photographs of of Westhampton College students features a photograph on the bottom left which showcases a woman dressed in blackface. The woman is in costume and is standing next to another woman who is wearing what looks to be a…

Entitled "Lest We Forget," this page, a photo montage that includes twelve photographs organized into rows, features two Westhampton women in blackface (bottom center). According to The Collegian, Westhampton had a "black-face minstrel show" in May…

Image found on collage in the College Life section of "The Tower" or the Westhampton College section of the 1928 Web yearbook. The image depicts Rat Day, or freshman hazing day, during which two students were featured in blackface and costume.
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