Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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Presented by the Senior Class of Westhampton College at the Playhouse on Friday, November 23, 1924, the article reports Mary Mills was selected to be the interlocutor in the upcoming minstrel. The following students were cast as end-men, set to wear…

This article discusses the plans that the Richmond College Glee Club for the school year. The glee club was led by an oratorio tenor and choral teacher in Richmond named Charles Troxell. He conducted many college choirs and church choirs. The…

This article referred to as a "Campus Brainstorm" gives students an opportunity to publically voice their ideas regarding entertainment and social activities on campus. The brainstormers stated that they would like to see more minstrel shows from the…

This article discusses a student variety show put on by dramatic director Professor Alton W. Williams. The show was said to include a performance by Professor N. Wilford Skinner, who was to lead the event and perform acrobatic tricks. The "hillbilly…

This article advertised the Westhampton Athletic Association's minstrel show, in which white students would be wearing blackface. The article claimed that it was going to be "the funniest...show of them all." Mr. Bones and Mr. Jones performed the…

This Collegian article, published December 12, 1947, is about a talent show organized by Westhampton College freshmen to benefit the World Student Service Fund, an international student relief organization. The show, which took place on December 10,…

An article in the Alumni Bulletin describes the celebration of the Harvest Carnival on the Westhampton College Green. As a new college tradition, the carnival was hosted for the second time in 1948. Organized by the Richmond Club of the Westhampton…

These pages are from the 1953 University of Richmond yearbook, The Web. It contains information about the fraternity Lambda Chi Alpha. The page discusses the achievements of the Alpha Chi Chapter, which is the chapter name at the University of…

An article that details a Valentine's Night event at Westhampton College. The event is described in detail, of note that guests would have witnessed "courtly colonial gentlemen dancing with kinky-headed negro girls." As black guests were not allowed…

This page represents the Westhampton Minstrels in the yearbook for 1924. The minstrels put on performances while wearing blackface. Along with the names of the participants, the artist(s) drew the figures in a stick-figure like, especially the feet,…
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