Race & Racism at the University of Richmond

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This is a "rat cap" that a Westhampton College freshmen wore in during "rat week." Rat Week was a hazing event for freshman that commonly involved racist imagery and Lost Cause ideology.

Page 17 of a program for the June 1964 University of Richmond Commencement Ceremony. This page includes students receiving Masters of Science in Business Administration, Masters of Science in Business Education, and Masters of Commerce Degrees. Of…

This photo from The Web 1986 features two students holding signs and protesting against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi. The caption reads, "Richmond College takes an active stand in world religion." The student on the left holds a sign that says…

This photo from The Web 1986 features the 1984-1985 CIGNA scholars: Frasier Brickhouse, William Bruce, Jr., Nadine Marsh, Sonya Marsh, Vincent Mathis, Julie McClelland, Howard Moore III, Stephanie Poindexter, Sheila Robinson, Beverly Stallings, Erika…

The center photograph from the "Underclass" section of the yearbook features the brothers of Phi Beta Sigma, the first historically black fraternity on the University of Richmond campus, in 1983. The members of the fraternity are unnamed.

This page in The Web 1983 features the first black fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, at the University of Richmond. According to the Collegian article "Phi Beta Sigma Colonizes New Fraternity at Richmond," the creed of the fraternity is "we give another…

This photo collage and description in The Web 1982 documents the annual tradition of the "panty raid" during which "Richmond College men invaded the Westhampton dormitories," and the Westhampton women would throw panties to the men from the dorm…

This section of The Web 1982 highlights different types of students at the University of Richmond. In the section "Feminists," the description states that the feminist "knows who the weaker of the sexes really is, but she is fair enough to fight for…

The top right photograph from the "Shoot Yourself" section of the 1981 yearbook depicts a brother of the historically black fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, sitting on top of a car wearing one of their sweatshirts. The fraternity, however, was not…

In a photo collage from the university-wide picnic, a group of black students are pictured walking in a group.
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