Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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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 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 article describes a social gathering between Richmond College and Westhampton College students that occurred on December 11, 1914. The article mentions the appearance of the black waiters dressed in all white during the dinner portion of the…

The page titled, "Campus Scenes," features eleven photographs of daily life on campus. In the upper left corner of the page a photograph featuring two black men dressed in clothes that would be worn for manual labor. They are carrying buckets,…

A yearbook page titled, "Dark Side of College Life," that includes eleven photographs of African American staff members on campus. The photographs feature African-American men dressed in either culinary apparel or as manual laborers carrying brooms…

A yearbook page that includes a poem for John Johnson, the head of the janitorial staff at the University for 39 years. John Johnson was a beloved member of the University and was the oldest member of the community in terms of years of service. The…

This eulogy written in the "In Memorandum" section of the Fall 1957 Messengernotes the death and service of Esau Brooks, a black athletic trainer and staff member at the University. The piece demonstrates a great deal of admiration for its subject…

This satirical April Fool's Day article describes the promotion of Esau Brooks from athletics trainer and grounds keeper to "the new and enthusiastic" Director of Athletics. The article also has Brooks placing "'Not-so-Dark' Jamees as line coach and…

Published in the 1943 April Fool's edition of The Collegian, this photo and caption portray athletic trainer Esau Brooks receiving an honorary degree in Osteopathy (physical training), from Oglethorpe University. The degree was conferred at the Greek…
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