Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This yearbook page includes a photograph of the 1973 University of Richmond football team. The photo shows ten black athletes on the team. It also has a roster of players and coaching staff, and a description of the season.

There is an illustration of the Confederate spider in the athletics section page of the 1960 yearbook. It wears a baseball uniform and holds a baseball bat, baseball glove, and a confederate flag. "Confederate Spidey" was the university's…

This picture in the athletics section of the 1951 yearbook shows all the 1950 varsity athletes and coaches. Amongst the coaches, a black man can be seen standing at the left corner. Although only his first name, "Esau," is given, it can be determined…

In this speech, University of Richmond president Dr. E. Bruce Heilman addressed the National Association of Private College and University Presidents in Scottsdale, Arizona. Heilman discussed the “unwarranted intrusion of the federal bureaucracy…

This report submitted by the Special Committee of the Board of Trustees and Administration was intended to "review the current level and manner of operations of varsity sports for both men and women at the University." The report focused on level of…

This undated administrative report titled “Information for HEW Letter” included a series of numbered paragraphs regarding the recruitment of black students at the University. Though it is uncertain who wrote the report, Dean Grigg and the Senior…

This document was a program containing details about the University of Richmond’s 1965-1966 athletic season. On the front of the program was the picture of a white, male basketball player; "Captain Johnny Moates" was next to the picture. On the…

In this oral history interview, Rueben Turner (R’81) sat down with Johnnette Johnson (’20) and Jisu Song ('22) on June 19, 2019, in Boatwright Memorial Library. Over the course of the one hour interview, Turner spoke about his time as a…

In this oral history interview, Rayford L. Harris, Jr. (R’77) sat down with Rena Xiao (’20) and Eden Wolfer (’20) on July 1, 2018, in Boatwright Memorial Library. Over the course of the one hour and forty minute interview, Harris…

In this oral history interview, Maurice King (R’85) spoke with Keith Oddo (’19) via telephone on March 7, 2019. Over the course of the fifty minute interview, King speaks about his transition to Richmond from his hometown in northern…
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