Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This picture in the athletics section of the 1951 yearbook shows all the 1950 varsity athletes and coaches. Amongst the coaches, a black man can be seen standing at the left corner. Although only his first name, "Esau," is given, it can be determined…

This article explains the death of Esau Brooks. Brooks, a black man, was the equipment manager and trainer at the University of Richmond. He was killed by the oil stove in his home. He had been working at the University of Richmond since 1914, when…

Picture of "Overseas Club" featured in the section of the yearbook with similar pictures of men in clubs based on the region they are from (i.e. Eastern Shore Club, Buckingham County Club). An African-American man in casual dress is sitting in front…

This article describes the service Esau Brooks, Athletics Director and trainer at the University from 1936. The article describes Brooks as a dedicated trainer to the University of Richmond sports teams who was "still going strong." Article quotes…

This article informs of the death Esau Brooks, former Athletics Director and trainer at the University. The article describes Brooks as quiet yet well respected, "He was to the Athletic Department what a cleat is to a football shoe." The author…

This article on Esau Brooks, Athletics Director and trainer from 1936, highlights Brooks as the recipient of an honorary degree at the Greek Theater on campus. Brooks received a degree in Osteopathy (physical training) from the College of Oglethorpe.…

This article notes the promotion of Esau Brooks from the athletics trainer and grounds keeper to "the new and enthusiastic" Director of Athletics. This article, is critical of the Board of Trustees. Describing the "Board of Crustees ," the author…

Illustration appears in the "In Memorandum" section of the Fall 1957 Messenger publication noting the death and service of Esau Brooks, an athletic trainer and staff member. Illustration proceeds a brief memorial. The short piece reflects on Brooks'…

Memorial written in the "In Memorandum" section of the Fall 1957 Messenger publication noting the death and service of Esau Brooks, an athletic trainer and staff member. The short piece reflects on Brooks' dedication, skill, and humility,…
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