Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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The article discusses a minstrel show that was performed by members of the Y.W.C.A. organization. Minstrel shows were a popular form of entertainment for white audiences. Minstrel shows were either dances, comic skits, or musical shows performed by…

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…

On page six, in the "Re-Hash" weekly joke column, there is a joke that uses verbal blackface. It reads, "Liza, I'se gwine to kiss yuh when Ah goes!" [Reply] "Black boy, leave dis hear house at onct!" This use of dialect was presented as a form of…

Entitled "Lest We Forget," this page, a photo montage that includes twelve photographs organized into rows, features two Westhampton women in blackface (bottom center). According to The Collegian, Westhampton had a "black-face minstrel show" in May…

This article shares the accomplishments of two Chinese alumni, John Paau (RC '25) and Cheng Yeung Hui (RC '22). Both were members of Philologian Society while students at Richmond College. The article shares that Paau attended Columbia University…

This article titled "Devotional" is an account of student participation and stories relating a variety of subjects. A brief mention in this article shares C. Y. Hui's address to the Westhampton Baptist Church congregation on Sunday, February 10, 192.…

This poem by Chack Kwong Wong describes the poet's longing for home and feeling “alone in this foreign land.” Wong was native to Canton, China.

This page shows a short story written about George Reynolds Freedley, Class of 1925. No authorship information is given. The story explains his participation as a "thespian." Author poses the question, "what would our Minstrels do without George,"…

This page shows two poems written by Chinese student Poon Kant Mok of the 1927 graduating class, "First Love" and "Crossing." The first poem, "First Love," is a brief romantic piece. The second poem, "Crossing," discusses homesickness, a…

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…
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