Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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An article detailing a minstrel show in which the actors were wearing black face. The article calls the actors a "motley crew of darkies" which suggests they are nameless, and even animalistic or barbaric. A quartet played songs including one called…

The articles shares the accomplishments of two Chinese Alumni: John Paau and C. Y. Hui (Cheng Yeung Hui). Both students were members of Philologian Society while on campus. The article shares that Paau, class of 1925, has gone on to attend Columbia…

This article titled, Devotional, is an account of student participation and stories relating a variety of subjects. The brief mention in this article shares C.Y. Hui's address to the congregation Westhampton Baptist Church on Sunday night (Feb 10,…

This article features a report on John Wicker, Jr., who was a student at Richmond Law School in 1916. The article discusses his first jury address as a new attorney in which he represented a black youth named Leslie Drew for a murder trial. An…

This article features John Johnson, an African-American janitor who worked at the University of Richmond for over 40 years. The article starts with John Johnson's pneumonia sickness and recovery. The article then transitions to his failed marriages. …

This article reviews the Westhampton College Class of 1924’s benefit show “Sophisticated Vaudeville.” In the summary, the author writes that Westhampton students wrote and performed the show. Especially of note is the first act minstrel show,…

This notice explains the new dining services hours for the campus. It explains that the reason The Cafeteria will not be open on Sundays is partly due to the "impossibility of getting colored help without offering some weekly holiday".

This article was written about English professor Dr. Grace Landrum’s reading of “Marse Chan,” one of the most famous works of Thomas Nelson Page. “Marse Chan” nostalgically represented the “Old South,” and in this article, Dr. Landrum…

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…

This article reported on a blackface minstrel show that was presented by Westhampton College. The article discusses how the proceeds from the show went to aid the Water Pageant. The show consisted of "hearty jokes and songs."
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