Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This cartoon shows a white ventriloquist agreeing to his sentiment of, "We were all mighty happy until we were interfered with... Weren't we?" with a blackface-wearing ventriloquist's dummy. This refers to forced integration that occurred in public…

The image in the top left of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon photo collage shows fraternity members dressed as Ku Klux Klan members standing around a black man with his neck in a noose at the fraternity lodge. The photo of fraternity members in the top right…

In the second-to-left photo in the bottom row, a Theta Chi fraternity brother can be seen in blackface.

In the bottom left photo on the first page, a woman can be seen in blackface on the 1978 Phi Delta Theta yearbook spread.

This photograph displays Westhampton students, presumably seniors, performing in blackface at an unspecified event.

The bottom right photo on the second page of the 1948 Phi Alpha spread features fraternity members in blackface. The fraternities had recently reopened on campus after World War II.

This article in the Collegian talks about the organization of a minstrel show by the sophomore class of Westhampton College. It further goes on to talk about the people who were in charge of the arrangements, direction, and the acting.

This article discusses the planning of events for the year 1923 by YMCA. One of the events planned by them is a minstrel show. All the proceeds from the show would help YMCA members attend the annual YMCA conference.

This picture on the advertisement page shows a group of white students in the middle of performance. Everyone is seen wearing black paint on the face to indicate that their characters are black. Furthermore, a lot of Confederate flags can also be…

The advertisement section of the 1952 yearbook shows two pictures of a minstrel show. The students can be seen holding Confederate flags and wearing bow ties with the colors of the confederate flags.
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