Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This short story written in the 1910 yearbook is titled "Mammy Rose" and centers around a young man Marse Roberts who has lost hope at being successful. However an older "colored" woman comes upon him, and they reconnect as she took care of him when…

This article by Kenny Powers is about Mrs. Rae Green, a receptionist and switchboard operator in Gray Court. Mrs. Green said that she had a very close relationship with the women living in the dorm during the time she worked there, claiming she was…

The page features a photo montage of women participating in leisure activities, a skeleton, a baby, and two black women on the bottom far right and left who served a domestic role at the University. Under the photo of the woman on the far left the…

An advertisement for Jell-O in the advertisement section of the 1917 yearbook. The advertisement features an illustration of an African American caretaker with a small white child at a kitchen table. The clothing and interaction with the child at…

This short story discusses what babies are like and their daily lifestyles. At one point in the story it mentions that typically black women push the babies of white women around in strollers while the mothers are off gossiping or are in town…

This short story written by Westhampton College freshman, Mary McDaniel, describes her experience as a homesick freshman. She talks how her expectations of leaving home were different from how she felt once she got to Richmond and how she misses the…

The character that is drawn on the top-left corner of the "Senior-Her Book" is a representation of a black woman working as a maid. This drawing of the black woman is drawn in a "blackface" manner based on her facial features, which highlight the…

In this three-page story, the author, A.W., offers a fictional account of the black stereotype of a "mammy" which describes a black woman who works as a housekeeper and/or nanny for white families. The story lovingly describes mammies, but it is a…
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