Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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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…

The "Echoes From The Minstrel" section toward the end of the Westhampton College yearbook is a collection of jokes and quotes written in "Negro dialect." "The Minstrel" is a reference to the minstrel shows that the Glee Club began putting on in May…

This image is a group photo of the "Alien Club," and follows with a roster on the following page. The image features John Johnson who is the African American man at the center of the photo. Johnson was a member of the custodial staff and he is noted…

This page is shown at the beginning of the yearbook. It shows a variety of photographs of the students' "temporary home" when students were displaced from the campus when it was used as a debarkation hospital during World War I. Students were housed…

The photo in the middle (left) features two black men. The two black men seem like workers at the University of Richmond based on their outfits and tools. This photograph is just one of many snapshots that displayed Richmond College men's activities.…

The photograph in the bottom middle features a black woman. The woman is dressed in a white dress. Her clothing suggests that she is a staff member at the University of Richmond. The photo is included among sixteen other photographs on the page…

This photograph features the members of the Young Men’s Christian Association (Y.M.C.A). The Y.M.C.A is an on-campus club whose purpose is to spread the Christian faith and gospel. Students joined the club to connect with other Christian students…

This article announces the 1931 Westhampton College May Queen, Elizabeth Gill, editor of The Messenger and widely involved on campus. In her time as a student, Gill was on the 1928 Sophomore Women play committee, the 1929 vice president of the…

A brief description of the play The Silent House. Attention should be directed to the character list, showing characters seemingly of Asian descent (Ho-Fang, Dr. Chan-Fu, and H'Wang) while the actors playing these roles seem to be American. This…

This image features photographs and descriptions of 3 senior men at Richmond College. Attention should be drawn to Wai Hung Taam, who lists his hometown as Canton, China. He is an applicant for a B.S. degree in Business Administration and is a member…
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