Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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President Edward Ayers spoke about the University of Richmond's past during his 2008 inaugural speech, and retold the history of both colleges focusing on "stories about Richmond's first presidents, its Baptist roots, the first female students, and…

This 1929 Collegian article focuses on the origin of Richmond College, and the various presidents that were responsible for the foundation of the school. Mentioned is Edward Baptist who was the founder of the Virginia Baptist Seminary that eventually…

President Richard L. Morrill and members of the senior staff decided not to send in dues to the Association of Southern Baptist Colleges and Schools this year. According to University of Richmond Chaplain David D. Burhans, the decision was made…

This University of Richmond Collegian article describes a Commission on Diversity spearheaded by University President Richard L. Morrill that intends to address “the problem of the minority experience” on campus. The article begins with a…

In this University of Richmond Collegian article, writer Elizabeth Smith spotlights the secretaries of “the big decision-makers on campus.” Jane Pope, secretary to President E. Bruce Heilman, says she enjoys working with different groups on…

University of Richmond President George M. Modlin nominates various Richmond College students and administrators to serve on a suggested Food Service Committee to address issues at Richmond College’s dining hall the Refectory. Mr. William J.…

In this letter, Philip T. Yochum, President of Servomation College Division food services, suggests to University of Richmond President George M. Modlin the creation of “a Student Advisory Board” made of responsible student representatives,…

In this letter, Alfred L. Mathias of the A. L. Mathias food service company writes to University of Richmond President George M. Modlin in order to convince him to switch to his food service. Mathias claims that it may not be possible to serve food…

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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