Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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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.

On this two page spread for the Southwest Virginia Club at Richmond College, a collage of photographs on page 233 picturing students engaging in activities such as playing instruments and playing sports. On the third row in the far left photo, there…

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.

These pages features the names and photograph of the men in the "Ministerial Association," with an illustration at the top of the page. The illustration features a man with dark skin and white lips wearing a bow-tie, dress coat, and large white…

This illustration represents the Glee Club, featuring three men in blackface wearing tuxedos and large bow-ties. The man in the center appears to be directing the other two figures, one of whom is holding an instrument. According to the Richmond…

The page presents the "History of the Minstrel" for the Westhampton campus. It began in 1915-1916 "just for fun." The Minstrel performance, coordinated by the Westhampton senior class, shows the acceptance of minstrelsy and blackface during this time…
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