Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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In 1970, the Westhampton College Senate voted to end the ratting program. The Senate committee had conducted a study of the ratting program that found that students, faculty, and alumni favored an end to ratting. They proposed that ratting may be…

This article looks back on the rules for men and women at the University of Richmond during the first half of the 20th century. The men's rules apply to "ratting" or a freshman hazing event in which freshmen "rats are full-time pledges to…

This is a "rat cap" that a Richmond College freshmen wore during "rat week." Rat Week was a hazing event for freshman that commonly involved racist imagery and Lost Cause ideology.

This is a "rat cap" that a Westhampton College freshmen wore in during "rat week." Rat Week was a hazing event for freshman that commonly involved racist imagery and Lost Cause ideology.

This is a "rat cap" that a Richmond College freshmen wore in 1941 during "rat week." Rat Week was a hazing event for freshman that commonly involved racist imagery and Lost Cause ideology.

This is a "rat cap" that a Richmond College freshmen wore in 1940 during "rat week." Rat Week was a hazing event for freshman that commonly involved racist imagery and Lost Cause ideology.

The bottom two photographs were published in The Web 1962 in the Westhampton freshmen section. It portrays freshmen women participating in Rat Week while holding Confederate flags. Rat Week was a hazing event for freshman that commonly involved…

This collage of images in the section "Candid Camera" published in The Web 1962 portrays the student life of Westhampton women. The middle left image of the third page depicts a student in a "Confederate And Stage" carriage that says "C.S.A. Mail" or…

A large celebration of student life included a parade of underclassmen in silly and embarrassing garb for the amusement of the upperclassmen and visitors on campus for a public event. In the picture you can clearly see students wearing black face…

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.
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