Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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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 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 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.

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 1897 drawing in the Spider yearbook depicts a racist caricature of a black person next to the "Peanut Club" whose motto is "eat at pleasure and drink by measure." It is unclear why a black person is depicted next to what appears to be an food…

This image, appearing on a page titled "The Glee Club" in the 1897 University of Richmond yearbook The Spider, shows a white european man playing the flute for a racist caricature of a person with monkey-like features, who covers his ears in…

Photographed by J.W. Buck, this image from the 1897 edition of the yearbook The Spider depicts the cast of the theatrical production "Darkest Africa". A majority of the all-male white cast is in blackface.

Located in a section of the 1898 edition of the yearbook The Spider titled "Eating Houses," this page is dedicated to the Refectory, the Richmond College dining hall. The page lists a satirical average menu, along with the dining hall matron (Mrs.…

This 1899 drawing in the yearbook, The Spider, is of a racist caricature of a black man, holding cards as a title page for the university's clubs. At this point in time there were no black students attending the University of Richmond.
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