Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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The article details M.Y. MacFarland––also known as "Petros," he was famous for his dialect parts which found him profound success in dramatic productions in Pennsylvania. He performed his first dialect part in the well-known Spanish play,…

This article is about the Director of Club's decision to replace the Glee Club with the Male Choral Society. The article equates a minstrel performance with "some lighter and more frivolous class of entertainment." A minstrel show is an entertainment…

President of the 1936 Senior Class, Ruby Parker reports co-ord seniors have decided to hold their annual dance during the Christmas season. She stated further, "arrangements have been made to change dates with the Athletic Association... after having…

An article detailing a minstrel show put on by the Richmond College Glee Club in which the white actors wore blackface. The subtitle refers to the actors as "charcoaled funmakers." The article calls the actors a "motley crew of darkies," relying on…

This article announces the first minstrel show given at the University of Richmond since the college relocated from its Lombardy Street location to the West End campus in 1914. The show, put on by the Richmond College Glee Club, is said to feature…

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,…

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 announces the first minstrel show given at the University since its move to the West End in 1914, put on by the Richmond College Glee Club. The announcement was published a week before the show. The article promotes blackface, showcasing…

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…

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…
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