Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This 1939 announcement is for a Westhampton College production of "Gone With the Wind" that will be performed by WC seniors. The announcement details the women that will be playing each role, as well as the extravagance of the stage with a "black…

This 1927 Collegian article attempts to persuade students to go see the Richmond Senior play at the Strand Theatre. The play being performed is Shenandoah, and is described as a play that everyone will enjoy, "whether from the North or the South in…

This article details black Westhampton College sophomore Madieth Malone’s interest in witchcraft alongside of her role as Tituba, the enslaved woman from Barbados and confessed witch, in the upcoming University Players performance of Arthur…

This is a review of the University Players' production of "Joan of Lorraine,", a play in which a company of actors stage a production of Joan of Arc. The reviewer first criticizes the writing of the play itself, before then turning to the University…

The University Players’ new production is “A Doll’s House”, written by Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. The show will star sophomore Chauntee Schuler as Nora and freshman Steve Travers as Torvald, Nora’s husband. Interviews of the cast…

In response to a racially charged protest of the production of “The Meeting,” Theatre and Dance Department Chair Walter Schoen claims that the Modlin Center for the arts is a “safe haven” for students to express themselves artistically and…

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.

In this oral history interview, Madieth Malone (W’72) and Isabelle (Thomas) LeSane (W’72) sat down with Jacob Roberson (’19) and Ayele d’Almeida (’20) on March 5, 2019 in the Westhampton College Deanery Living Room. In…

In this oral history interview, Dominic Finney (R ‘99) sat down with Shira Greer (‘22) and Jenifer Yi (‘22) on June 12, 2019, in Boatwright Memorial Library. Over the course of the one hour and fifteen minute interview, Finney…

This article consists of information regarding a production by the University Players titled “Conquest of My Brother,” their second production of the 1975-1976 season. The production about the “200-year struggle between the American…
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